Martin Dale Wilson, 46, of Pass Christian is remembered by his family as a man who truly loved to go fishing.
"Whether it was saltwater fishing and bringing home the flounder, or fresh water fishing back when he lived in Illinois, Marty just loved being on the water and catching fish," said his niece, Jennifer Mitchell of Pass Christian.
Wilson was good at landscaping property, she added.
"He worked for a while at the Diamondhead golf course," she said. "He was really effective with Weed Eater."
But his joy was putting his boat in his truck and going on a fishing trip, said Mitchell.
"He also was good at cooking fish," she added. "He could really deep-fry a delicious flounder. He mixed up a special egg and cracker meal to cook his fish."
Wilson was a native of Kankakee, Ill., and he enjoyed the cold outdoors up there, too, his niece said. "He was quite a bream fisherman."
Wilson lost his life Aug. 29 when Hurricane Katrina destroyed the family home on Bayview Street. "They found his body three blocks away," said Mitchell, who also lost her home on North Street.
"We scattered his ashes on Bayou Caddy, because he loved it so much," said Mitchell.