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Moon had deep ties to Alaska

Lisa Demer

In Kodiak, the Unification Church owns the International Seafoods of Alaska processing plant and fishing fleet, said fleet manager Tom Parsons, who was in the office Sunday. The cod fleet just went out for an opening so the plant wasn’t processing. But many employees were at the Unification Church of Kodiak for services related to Moon’s death, Parsons said. And the president of International Seafoods went to South Korea when the seriousness of Moon’s illness became apparent, he said. Moon loved to fish and used to visit Kodiak several times a year, Parsons said.“He’d normally come to go king fishing on the Karluk River in June,” Parsons said. “He’d come back in August and again in September and silver fish out at the Buskin River. He liked Kodiak. The reason the business was here is that he liked coming here.” The Unification Church of Kodiak hosts an annual program for teens inspired by Moon’s belief that leaders can be developed from training in maritime skills and fishing, according to the church Web site.


By LISA DEMER
Anchorage Daily News