Swinomish tribal member Todd Wilbur, director of fish and game enforcement for the tribe and board member of the Skagit River System Cooperative, passed away Nov. 17.
Wilbur also was chairman of NWIFC’s inter-tribal wildlife committee. He was interviewed in October 2013 for the Tribal Voices Archive Project:
He was born in Pasco, Washington, on November 12, 1959. He is survived by his parents Gwynn (Jones) Amaro and Dave Wilbur Sr.
He graduated from Eisenhower High School with the class of 1978. Todd earned his AA degree in fisheries science from Bellingham Technical College. In 1982 he was hired by the Swinomish Tribal Community as a wildlife game manager and worked there for 31 years. Hunting has always been an essential part of our Swinomish culture as a way to provide nourishment for our bodies. Todd was instrumental in protecting our treaty rights and he helped to increase the Nooksack elk herd from 300 to 800 elk in 2010. He was also a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Catholic Church.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, marksmanship, watching football, gun collecting, and was an avid history buff.
He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Susan (Edwards) Wilbur, who he married at the Swinomish Yacht Club on March 3, 1983, grandparents and granddaughter, Rachel Bobb.
Survivors include his brothers Dave Wilbur Jr., Norman Wilbur and Eleazar Wilbur Salinas; sisters Leslie Reneé Wilbur, Elizabeth Wilbur and Laura Wilbur; son James Bobb; daughter Brenda (Bobb) Williams; granddaughters Siomi Bobb, Kiana Williams and Alexis Bobb; and grandsons Ronald Williams III, James Bobb Jr. and Masen Williams.