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Extry Ronald Sarff was the eighth child born to Marvin and Rosemond Sarff at Browerville, Minnesota January 25, 1927. The Sarffs lived in farming poverty throughout the great depression, re-establishing on a farm in the North Idaho Panhandle in 1938.
His early education was at Sandpoint, Idaho. Later he served as both a sailor and a soldier during World War II. After his service years, Extry married Lela Dodge of Mountain Home, Idaho and moved to Moscow to study agriculture at the University.
Extry followed the timber felling trade all across the Pacific Northwest until 1975. After a serious logging accident, the Sarff family moved to Wrangell, Alaska and joined the commercial fishing trade. 1985 found Extry and Lela starting in the new Alaskan business of oyster farming at a remote site on Prince of Wales Island.
After 10 years of unsuccessful farming, the closest community beckoned and Extry and Lela retired at Whale’s Pass. They enjoy a beautiful wilderness home with fishing, hunting, and beach-combing from their doorstep.
After studying correspondence writing with Long Ridge Writers Group of West Redding, Connecticut, Extry’s rainy days are spent with various writing projects.
With four daughters, eleven grandchildren, and eighteen great-grandchildren, family is the most important consideration in Extry and Lela’s life. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary May 17, 1998.
Since 1995, Extry joined the National Authors Registry and the Sunnahai Arts Council of Craig, Alaska. He is honored with two Diamond Homer Trophies, a Browning Competition Honorable Mention, and President’s Award from the National Authors Registry.
Extry says, “Age creates a philosopher, reasoning is the bridges on the pathways of knowledge between intelligence and wisdom.”
on Dec. 20, 2011 :
I lived in Whale Pass for a few years and became good friends with Lela and Extry, wonderful people. I was there when Extry started writing his first book and enjoyed seeing his dream of publishing it come about. This book is even better and brings back so many memories. I still have a signed copy in the book case Fried wild mushrooms. Thanksgiving dinner when Lela marinated the turkey and stiffed it with wild rice. Wonderful days. Good people, honest people great friends and many wonderful memories.
(reviewed the day of purchase)