Jose Inda passed away on December 10, 2017, at the age of 89 at Forks Long Term Care where he became a resident after suffering a debilitating stroke in 2010. He was born in Berroeta, Navarra, Spain to Isabel Otegui and Martin Inda on February 6, 1928.
To survive as a young man, he smuggled contraband between Spain and France through the Pyrenees Mountains, escaping like a coyote from the Guardia Civil. After serving in the Spanish Military, Jose came to the United States in 1954 to work on a sheep ranch in Nevada.
Completing his contract with sheepherding, Jose worked in Construction in Boise, Idaho where he became a Naturalized Citizen. Using the construction skills he gained, Jose worked on a Columbia River dam for one year. Following the dam project, Jose went to Burns, Oregon where he worked in a sawmill.
In 1971 he came to the Pacific Northwest accompanied by a friend with the intention of fishing for a living but instead ended up working in a shake mill. He and three partners owned a shake mill in Clallam Bay. Upon retirement, his passions were fishing and hunting.
He is survived by a sister, her children, and grandchildren in France and cousins and nephews in the United States. We will miss his passion for sharing old stories. We’d like to express our appreciation for all the compassionate care given to Jose by the LTC and hospital staff, especially those who cared for him at the very end. Thanks and God Bless all of you.