The Port of Brookings Harbor Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved the building of a memorial bench in honor of Greg and Kathy Pendleton and their daughter Katie.

The memorial bench was proposed by the Chetco Village Merchants Association.

The Pendletons, who owned and operated Dick andamp; Caseys Seafood, died in a house fire in November. They were members of the merchants association and long time port tenants.

Gail Scriven, owner of The Book Dock, said the site chosen by the family for the memorial is under a tree near the launch ramp at the south end of Dick andamp; Caseys Seafood.

Scriven said the bench would be approximately six to eight feet long and made of western cedar two by fours. Iron straps measuring one-fourth to three inches would support the wood members and connect to two-inch by two-inch square metal tubing legs anchored in concrete.

Stainless steel screws would be used to connect the wood to the frame and the bench would be oiled for weather protection, she added.

In addition, she said, a brass or bronze plaque would be inlaid in one of the back crosspieces.

Wording on the plaque would be In Loving Memory of Greg, Kathy and Katie Pendleton Our Family and Our Friends.

Scriven said Robert Z. Stafford, who has made identical memorial benches to this one in the Triangle Garden at the west end of the Chetco River Bridge, will build the bench and has volunteered to do the labor and installation.

Materials would be purchased by the Chetco Village Merchants through member donations, with any extra money received going to the trust fund set up for the Pendletons' two surviving daughters, Scriven said.

We are not asking the Port to contribute money, time or materials to this effort, she said. Although private donations from individual staff members are certainly welcome.

People who wish to make donations may call Scriven at (541) 469-6070.