Lawrence “Larry” Cotter


We are deeply saddened by the passing of Larry Cotter, who served on the Partnership Board for several years.

From the Juneau Empire:

Lawrence Philip Cotter was born on October 22, 1952 in New Jersey. He died on May 9, 2024 in Juneau, Alaska. Larry passed away peacefully with wife, Sue, and children Emily Ricci and Ben Cotter at his side.

Larry lived a tremendous life. In his youth, he was an All-State Running Back in Milwaukee and attended Northwestern on a full scholarship. Injured after a year, he left and travelled the world. His stories from that time are legendary. Returning home, Larry hitchhiked to Juneau, working as the Iceman at Juneau Cold Storage.

He became President of the longshoreman union for the Pacific Northwest and served as a member of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. He later became CEO of the Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association (APICDA), a position and cause central to his life for decades.

Larry loved his family, APICDA, a perfect steak or white king salmon filet, and a large martini on his deck. He encouraged those around him to stay positive, be kind, and find the next adventure.

Characteristically, Larry did not fear death. Even in his passing, he exuded generosity, determination, and love for those around him. He, in turn, was loved by many and is greatly missed.

His thoughtful, wise, positive, and energetic leadership on the Board is much missed. He inspired us.