- Associated Press - Friday, February 28, 2014

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) - Five years after his father died, retired ABC newsman Barry Serafin is selling items from the vast estate of the noted hunter.

More than 200 exotic animal hides will go on the auction block at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on March 8, along with African tribal regalia, German beer steins, antique swords, firearms used in hippo and walrus hunts, and one very old bear trap.

“This isn’t your average estate sale,” Serafin said.

His father, Pete Serafin, died at 93 after a life that began in a log house on the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana. He became a wealthy real estate broker, developer and civic leader in Roseburg, the Roseburg News-Review reported (https://bit.ly/1gHQacA ).

When he was 10, his family moved to Powers in southern Coos County. It was a timber company boom town.

At 13, he was hunting deer and elk by himself and displaying his business acumen by brewing and selling beer to loggers. At 19, he was hunting bighorn sheep on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula.

He was on the City Council during the Roseburg Blast, a dynamite explosion in 1959 that leveled eight downtown blocks. He became mayor five months later.

“He helped rebuild downtown,” said Roseburg attorney Jeff Mornarich, who met weekly with Serafin at age 90 to set down his hunting yarns for “Itchy Feet: The Life and Hunts of Pete Serafin.”

Serafin won the 1980 Klineburger Senior Hunter of the World Award, hunted in six continents and killed representatives of 176 big game species.

Wildlife Safari’s executive director, Dan Van Slyke, said he saw Pete Serafin’s collection before his death, and it was unrivaled. “It was absolutely tremendous,” he said.

Serafin left vast trophy rooms and gun cabinets. The cleaning-out has been underway since. The full-body mounts were donated to Brigham Young University and other museums.

For sale is an original Abercrombie & Fitch safari hat and the anvil-strapped pack Serafin used for training in the Southern Oregon hills.

There are a number of uncataloged items, including rare artwork and books. He had many on his hero, Teddy Roosevelt.

A public viewing of the items is set for March 7 at the fairgrounds.

Many of the cataloged items are exotic animal hides, and hides of any kind don’t typically age well beyond 35 years, said Roseburg taxidermist Dennis Gibson. He doesn’t expect collectors to be lining up for them.

“But because it is Pete Serafin, there might be a market,” he said.

Barry Serafin, who now lives in Eugene, said a public auction seemed logical.

“It’s been five years since my father died, and we needed a way to dispose of some of these items. And I don’t have a warehouse to keep them in,” he said. “It’s hard in a way because these are all things that belonged to my father.”

He said he’d never gone through the collection until recently. More than hunting, his father loved being where he’d never been.

“He told me before he died he didn’t have any regrets,” he said. “He just lived a remarkable life.”


Information from: The News-Review, https://www.nrtoday.com



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