The president of one of the nation’s largest seafoods company, Jerry Dowd, died Monday of a heart attack on a family fishing vacation in Alaska, Trident Seafoods announced today. He was 60.
The company is based in Seattle. It maintains a large repair and maintenance base in Tacoma for its fleet at the Port of Tacoma’s Earley Business Center.
Dowd was vacationing on what had become an annual fly fishing trip at the Sportsman’s
Lodge in Igiugig, Alaska with several members of his family and close friends, the company said. The remote village is located at the southwest corner of Iliamna Lake where it flows into the Kvichak River near Bristol Bay in Southeast Alaska.
Dowd joined Trident in 2004 and became president of its domestic operations in 2006. The company said he had guided the company’s growth and was in the midst of expanding a new Trident operation in China.
Before joining Trident, Dowd had held executive positions with Tyson Foods and ConAgra in the poultry business.
“I worked with Jerry for 16 years, and he was one of the most passionate people I’ve worked with in business. When it came to a customer need, he spared no energy,” said Bill Lovette, Pilgrim’s Pride CEO, told the Seattle Times.
Conagra’s poultry operation, which Dowd headed, was acquired by Pilgrim’s Pride in 2003.
Trident chairman and founder Chuck Bundrant told employees in a message that the company will miss Dowd.
“Nothing prepares us for such a loss, and I want you to know that I understand your
own feelings of shock and grief, just as I understand the shock and grief of Jerry’s wife Patti, his brother Tommy, who was at his side in Alaska, his sisters Margaret, Ronnie and
Kathleen and his two beloved children, Sean and Meghan, son-in-law Roger and his
granddaughters Patti Mae and Mary Anne,” said Bundrant.