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Retired Lake Stevens Doc catches the BIG ones!


Dr. Ben Burgoyne is only 97.5 years young. In a recent fishing trip to the Lewiston / Orofino area he purchased a three day, out of state, fishing license, and fished all three nights. This was Burgoyne’s first time steelheading in the area. Matter of fact, according to Burgoyne these are the first Steelheads or fish of any kind that he has caught in fifty-one years! He feels pretty proud of his catch, as he should. Catching 13-14 pound Steelheads is no easy task.

Dr. Burgoyne and his wife, Lawanda, use to fly to the Lewiston / Orofino area to visit their family. However, Burgoyne had heard that people in their nineties shouldn’t drive on the road, so he figured he shouldn’t be in the air either! He was 90 when he gave up flying his home-built plane.

Having received his medical degree from Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, Burgoyne practiced family medicine for 66 years. He and his wife reside in Lake Stevens.

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