WHERE'S THE FIRE? – Adam Horton wears his Sitka Fire Department engineer's helmet as he takes part in the annual Seattle Firefighters Pipes and Drums Polar Dip Saturday on Eagle Beach. The event, which drew about 100 participants and spectators, is part of a fundraising effort to help offset costs for the pipes and drum band to participate in the Alaska Day Festival. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

LeRoy Allan “Lee” Bagley

LeRoy Allan “Lee” Bagley

LeRoy Allan “Lee” Bagley, a Sitka resident, died of cancer March 30, 2017, at Sitka Community Hospital. He was 63.

He was born Feb. 4, 1954, the third son of Gail and Louise (Nelson) Bagley, in Sheldon Jackson Infirmary in Sitka, when Alaska was a territory, not yet a state. His father and an aunt, Florence Schutte, delivered him.

LeRoy attended Sitka schools, graduating from Sitka High School in 1972. He attended Sheldon Jackson College for one year then transferred to Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash. He graduated with a bachelor of science degree with a double major in chemistry and biology.

After college graduation he lived in Lakewood, Wash., where he was emloyed by Pennwalt (Agchem). He later worked for Washington State Department of Ecology.

He married Laurie Boshers on July 3, 1981, and they made their home in Puyallup, Wash. They had two children, Leahna and Chris.

LeRoy moved back to Sitka in 2005, and went to work for the Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association. At the onset of his illness, he was employed as a fish culturist at Sitka Sound Science Center. He was proud of the work being done at the Science Center, and loved being a part of it and with the people who worked there. He was dedicated to maintaining and preserving the ecosystem.

He was an avid outdoorsman, who loved fishing, camping and spending time in nature. His love for the environment was evident in his life’s work.

He also enjoyed music, and was a talented guitarist.

His reverence for and vast knowledge of nature and biology will be missed by all who knew him.

LeRoy was preceded in death by his parents and former wife, Laurie.

He is survived by his daughter, Leahna (Dustin Collier) Bagley of Sitka; his son Chris (Jackie) Leker Bagley and their children, Kaetlyn, Ciah and Blain Bagley of Rock Springs, Wyo.; his brothers, Mike (Cathy) Bagley of Sitka and Gary (Debbie) Bagley of Simpsonville, S.C.; and many other relatives and friends.


A celebration of his life is planned for later this summer.

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