One of the two Placer County men who died Saturday morning after a small recreational crab boat capsized off the Coquille River bar near Bandon, Ore., “passed away doing what he loved to do,” his wife said.
Chandler Richard “Rick” Dann, 59, was a longtime resident of the Christian Valley Park neighborhood near Auburn, said his wife, Jeanne Dann. He died Saturday while on a fishing trip with two other men.
Dann, a doctor, began working for California’s Social Security disability department 17 years ago, where he reviewed disability claims for the state, she said. Before that, he worked as a physician for the Sierra Doctors Medical Group in Auburn beginning in 1987.
Jeanne Dann said fishing was her husband’s favorite hobby. He would go to the Sacramento and American rivers to fish as often as he could, she said.
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“He had the bumper sticker, ‘I rather be fishing’ on his car,’ ” she said.
Jeanne Dann said she and her husband left earlier last week to work on a home they purchased in Oregon. The boating accident happened at a hazardous area where the Pacific Ocean’s deep waters and strong currents meet the river’s shallow depths, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
Another Placer County man, 59-year-old John Douglas Sherman of Newcastle, died in the accident. Jeanne Dunn said her husband and Sherman had met through work before Sherman’s retirement roughly two years ago.
“The person he fished most with passed away with him on the boat,” Jeanne Dann said of Sherman and her husband. She added that Sherman had a boat and trailer home in Oregon, where he would live while he fished.
Dann and Sherman, along with a third victim identified as William Fredrick Lamica, 67, of Reedsport, Ore., went out to sea on Sherman’s boat early Saturday morning, Jeanne Dann said. Lamica was Sherman’s friend and neighbor, she said.
The U.S. Coast Guard reported that their boat had capsized in 6- to 8-foot waves while crossing the bar.
“They think a rogue wave just came and capsized over the boat and no one survived,” Jeanne Dann said. Two of the men’s bodies were rescued by helicopter while a third was found on a rocky jetty, she said.
Jeanne Dann described her husband as an active person. The pair had recently taken up kayaking, and Dann used to ski, she said. Before living in Placer County, Dann served as a flight surgeon for the Air Force in Southern California, caring for pilots and their families.
“He was a joker, he was quite a character,” she said. “I just remember that when we met, it was pretty much love at first sight. We got married within the first year and we’ve been very happy ever since.”
A memorial service for Dann is scheduled at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Lake of the Pines Clubhouse in Auburn. He is survived by his wife and daughter Michelle.