Larry Gene Rutter

Larry Gene Rutter, 61, died of pancreatic cancer on February 20, 2014. His wife, Deborah Shawver, and his son, Derek Rutter, survive him. Larry was born in Duluth, Minnesota; graduated from South Kitsap High School, and earned a degree in fisheries biology from the University of Washington. He had a successful career in salmon management policy, working for the Point No Point Treaty Council, the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, and NOAA Fisheries. He served on the Pacific Salmon Commission and led the negotiations to achieve the salmon fishing treaty between the US and Canada. Larry was an accomplished carpenter and loved to fly airplanes, ride motorcycles, and snowboard. He was known for intelligence, wit, self-reliance, hard work, sense of fun, and ability to make the most of whatever he was doing. Larry was an “impact player” in everything he touched. A celebration of Larry’s life will be held on March 1, 2014 at 1:00 p.m., at the Skookum Creek Events Center, 91 W State Route 108, Shelton, WA. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project, Larry Rutter Legacy Fund, at:, and look for the Larry Rutter Legacy Fund.