Karen Creason JD ’74 passed away in Sequim, Washington, on October 20, 2020, at the age of 76. She had battled Alzheimer’s disease for seven years, outliving her husband, Gerald “Jerry” Creason, by almost a year. Karen is survived by her daughter, Colleen Bittner; grandson, Kyle Bittner; and her siblings, Wayne Harms and Patricia Lewis.
Class of 1974
07/07/2020Matthew Wesley Peach JD ’74 died July 25, 2019, from cancer. His brother Andy, also a lawyer, writes: “When he was in law school he had an African parrot, Russian wolfhound, and a monkey. He was the only person I ever knew who had a monkey. Matt had a long and successful marriage to Jung Sook (Kim) Peach. Matt had two children with Jung, Joey and Katie, and two stepchildren, Emilio and Marilina. Matt had a grandchild, Jason Alexander. Matt had a wicked sense of humor and a genuine charm. He lived a full and sometimes complicated life, and I will miss him.”
Jerry Sparks JD ’74 died January 16, 2020, at age 81.
An avid outdoorsman, Sparks was a forestry engineer with Hampton Tree Farms for more than 30 years. He loved doing anything outdoors, including just soaking up the sun in a chair.
Sparks earned his JD while working at Hampton and kept in touch with his friends from Lewis & Clark, as well as those from Clatskanie, Oregon State University, Hampton Tree Farms, McMinnville, and Crooked River, throughout his life.
Sparks was devoted to his extensive family and will be missed by them. He was “Uncle Jerry” not only to his nieces and nephews, but to many others as well.
Sparks is survived by his wife, Billie; his children, Ken, Nancy, Chad, and Jane; and his grandchildren.
Joseph L. Udall JD ’74, January 21, 2018.