Wayne 'Kenneth' Dye
Wayne "Kenneth" Dye, was born February 6, 1939, and passed away on December 6, 2021, due to prostate cancer at the age of 82. He lived in Oregon City, and part-time in Halfway, Oregon, which he considered to be the most beautiful place to live.
Ken loved to build things. He would first create projects in his mind and then eventually build them after careful planning. Ken built two large marinas in Scappoose, Oregon which he sold in 2017. He purchased his first marina, Sportcraft Landing, in 1969 from Ruth and Claire Huff located in Oregon City. At that time, it had a gas dock, a restaurant, tackle shop and one house. Today, it has 200 boat moorage spaces, three houses, a fuel dock (which is the only gas available to boaters on the entire Willamette River to the Columbia), as well as a marina store that sells concessions, beer, snacks and paddleboard rentals.
In 1973, he salvaged a shipwrecked 60 ft. sailboat from the sandy beach of Waldport, Oregon. It was hauled to Oregon City under the I-205 bridge, and he reconstructed it from the steel hull up. He also built a 60-foot trawler boat and often had cocktails with his friends and family at the captain's table while moored at his dock in Scappoose. In the last two years he had been building a gold dredge boat, a new undertaking of his. By the age of 26, he became a professional diver and worked for a very large salvaging company, Fred Devine's Salvaging located on Swan Island. His salvaging career included re-floating vessels, making repairs to ships and towing. He dove professionally in the Columbia River, along the Pacific West Coast, Alaska, Guatemala, and Suriname in South America.
Ken's favorite thing to do in is leisure was to spend time with his many friends to tell stories. He lived a full life of adventures, successes, and unique experiences.
Ken is survived by second wife Kathy Dye, five children: Laurie Harberts, Carrie Post, Eric Dye, Mike Dye and Chris Dye, ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.