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Manson Retirees - 2021


Written By | John Heckel―CoRporate Ethics & Compliance Officer

For the last 19 years, Jan Lindsey’s focus has been on helping injured workers receive what they needed so they could return to work as soon as possible. In addition to workers’ compensation claims, Jan coordinated the annual placement of Manson’s insurance program with our brokers and oversaw the management of all types of claims, including auto accidents, hull damage, pollution, and other property claims.

Previous to her employment at Manson, Jan was employed by Eagle and SeaBright insurance companies, managing the Manson account and adjusting our workers’ compensation claims. Technically, Jan has been helping our injured employees get back to work for 30 years. (Jan claims she started at Eagle when she was 10 years old!) Most recently, Jan was the main effort behind the contact tracing and tracking of reported COVID-19 cases – interviewing employees, keeping in touch with sick workers, and monitoring their return back to work based on our COVID-19 work protocols.

One of Jan’s major contributions was her participation on the Contracts and Insurance team that selected the firms Parker Smith & Feek and Durham & Bates to market Manson’s insurance program. As a result, Manson was able to broaden our insurance coverages while at the same time significantly reducing the cost of the program.

In retirement, Jan is looking forward to spending time with friends and family. We are very fortunate to have had Jan for these many years. We wish her many happy years to come.



Written By | Sean Hayden

Mechanic Fred Baca is set to retire after 8 years at Manson and 35 years as a member of the Operating Engineers Local 3 Union in California.

Known as a “jack-of-all-trades,” Fred has been a career mechanic since 1983. He got his start sweeping up at a Detroit diesel distributor before moving up the ranks from mechanic assistant to master mechanic.

After 30 years of working in various industries, Fred joined Manson in 2014. Fred brought a wealth of knowledge and even served as a mentor for newer employees, making an immediate impact on his peers in the Richmond yard.

Taking pride in his work and his relationships with his colleagues, Fred’s work ethic is unmatched. You can always count on him to get the job done and also to make you laugh as he has a great sense of humor.

In his retirement, Fred will spend his days rescuing and restoring classic cars from the scrapyard. When he’s away from the garage, he will enjoy the company of his loving and supporting wife, Raylene, and their family.



Written By | J.Anthony Tedpahogo—Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Senior EHS Manager Loretta Murrell has become quite the fixture at Manson’s West Coast operations over the last 20 years. One of Manson’s early safety pioneers, Loretta has announced her retirement for the end of 2021.

Loretta grew up in Glendora, California, in the San Gabriel Valley, and started out her career as a messenger in Los Angeles before joining the United States Army. A maverick at heart and used to adapting to new environments and situations, Loretta first broke into the construction industry in the early 1980s when she took up a role as a deckhand. A short time later, she applied for a pile driver position through the Piledrivers Local 2375 Union.

Loretta joined Manson as a pile driver but later transitioned to an apprenticeship trainer. Always helping people find a career path in construction, she eventually worked her way into a safety management position. Loretta recalls playing her part in Manson’s phenomenal shift in safety culture, something that will resonate with the next generation of Manson personnel.

In her retirement, Loretta looks forward to spending time with her partner Bridgette, and her two sons Benjamin and Cooper. She also plans to volunteer with apprenticeship programs, helping underserved communities get into trades. We wish Loretta all the best in retirement!



Written By | Ken Penwell―Gulf & East Coast Dredging, Captain

When I think of Pat Connolly, I think of that perfect combination of solid hard-working engineer and good shipmate who you always enjoy having around. Pat was a “hawsepiper,” meaning he worked his way up from an entry-level position to chief engineer. I think this helped him earn, as well as learn, respect for all positions.

Among the benefits of this sort of hands-on work is it can build character as well as a fine layer of crusty good humor. Pat’s humor came in handy during good times and bad. Pat is one to never lose his cool in a tight spot. That is priceless when you need to do some serious problem solving and don’t have a lot of time to spare! These qualities may have been learned during his early days before sailing, when Pat was a union ironworker high up off the ground, where a single slip meant certain disaster. He also rode many a mile on Harley motorcycles; tight formations at 100mph plus – make a mistake and it is costly for both you and your buddy. I will miss Patrick’s good work ethic and entertaining stories for sure, and wish him all the best in retirement!



Written By | Ken Penwell―Gulf & East Coast Dredging, Captain

Jack was a woodsman for many years prior to joining Manson, with extensive experience working long hours and operating heavy equipment. This dovetailed naturally into his eventual position of dragtender aboard the hopper dredge BAYPORT. Jack freely passed on his knowledge and had an admirable work ethic right up to the day he retired. He always helped maintain a culture of excellence and safety that is important to the crew and the company. Along with Jack came his family who have also joined Manson here and there over the years. His grandson recently filled in as an ordinary seaman/able seaman, his son-in-law worked alongside him as an able seaman on the BAYPORT for a number of years, and his daughter, a registered nurse, has taught and certified the crew in First Aid/CPR on a number of occasions.

Jack could spin a tale that was hilariously down to earth, and one of Jack’s strongest attributes is he can always be counted on to tell it to you straight. He coined many a catch phrase that stuck with his crewmates. More often than not, when some deck evolution has overcome a hurdle and is suddenly going smooth, someone says, “Now we’re Logging!” for no other reason than Jack said it once, and it sounded right.



Written By | Amado Shuck―Crane Operations Trainer

Doug Collins retired from the SEAWOLF project at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in March 2021, following 39 years in Pacific Northwest marine construction trades.

Doug grew up in Mineral, WA, graduating from nearby Morton high school in Lewis County. Soon after, Doug began work as a pile driver with General Construction Co.

In 1995, after 13 years of pile buckin’, he switched into the Operating Engineers Union, becoming a deck engineer. Eventually he worked his way to a crane operator position working for other marine contractors.

Manson benefitted from Doug’s many years of experience when he came out to join the SEAWOLF project as a night shift operator on the DERRICK 6 and derrick barge SCANDIA.

When Doug is not hunting, fishing, or hiking near his family property in Mineral, he enjoys unhurried life with his wife of 34 years, Bev, at their home in Kingston, WA.

Now that COVID-19 travel restrictions are easing, Doug and Bev are looking forward to a well-earned trip to Kauai. When they return, he is excited to complete construction of his shop, where he will enjoy his retirement working on welding projects.

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