Industry mourns former Simrad and Navico executive

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Brian D. Staton

Brian D. Staton

Brian D. Staton, who served as president of Simrad North America during a long industry career, died Sept. 3 in Seattle. He was 56.

An obituary said Staton’s marine career began in the 1980s at Sound Marine in Seattle. He went on to a long career at Simrad, starting in 1983, where he worked his way up from regional sales manager to general manager and then president of Simrad North America from 1996 to 2006.

He was also elected to Simrad’s board of directors and was elected chairman of Navico Canada Ltd. and B&G North America.

After Navico Inc. purchased Simrad, Staton remained a vice president at Navico until 2009, when the offices were moved from Seattle to Tulsa.

After a brief stint at Power & Motoryacht magazine, he joined Ship Equip as manager of business development. He was vice president of Krill Systems Inc. from 2009 until his death.

The obituary described Staton as a devoted family man, noting that “Brian truly lived life to the fullest. He was a strong leader, and those around him rose up and did great things, guided by his exuberance and inspiration.”

Staton is survived by his wife, Gini Tyrrell Staton, and three children, Tim, Audrey and Emily (husband Ryan); and grandchildren Sadie and Lila. He lost his first wife, Vicki, to cancer in 2006.

A celebration of Staton’s life will be held at McMenamin’s Anderson School in Bothell, Wash., on Nov. 10 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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