Fred Owens, former La Conner journalist, died in California last week


January 11, 2023

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OUT ON A LIMB – Fred Owens rarely shied away from taking on causes, whether at his keyboard – or as was the case when he protested logging the nearby Fishtown woods in 1988 – with boots on the ground.

The actor Jonathan Goldsmith gained a wide following for portraying "The Most Interesting Man in the World" during a popular Dos Equis promotional campaign.

The part could have just as easily gone to Fred Owens, who carved out a creative and colorful niche in La Conner as a journalist, author and activist among his numerous careers and landing spots around the globe.

Owens byline appeared in the Channel Town Press. In the 1980s he briefly resurrected the historic Puget Sound Mail here. He died at a Santa Barbara, California hospice last week, family members at his side.

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