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From 1970 to 1979

  • 02/23/2022

    Lawrence “Larry” David Gorin JD ’73 passed away quickly and peacefully on October 14, 2016. He was 71.

    Larry was born in Chicago on May 2, 1945. He grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from California State University in 1966. The following year he married Carolyn Barde, who wisely moved them to Portland. Larry attended law school while he and Carolyn raised their two young children, Aaron and Heather.

    Larry frequently lectured on paternity law, wrote chapter 16 of Oregon Family Law (published by Oregon State Bar, 2008), and was known for his extensive knowledge of the subject by his many admiring colleagues in the legal community. In 2010, he was presented the Professionalism Award by the Oregon Academy of Family Law Practitioners.

    He was to be admired not only for his legal career, but also for his cherished family life. There is a saying that “the best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother,” and boy did he love his wife Carolyn. They were married for nearly 50 years. Larry’s love extended to his children; his daughter-in-law, Vanessa Bogaert; his grandchildren, Leo and Max Gorin and Jackson and Tahlia Friedman; his brother, Howard Gorin, and Howard’s wife, Sharon; and to his many adoring family and friends. Our sweet Larry will always be loved and missed.

  • 03/03/2022

    David Thomas Viuhkola JD ’73 died March 10, 2019, just one week after his 71st birthday, following a hard-fought, three-year battle with multiple systems atrophy.

    David worked as an attorney for 43 years with Clackamas County Bar Association before he was forced to retire due to his illness. He was a member of the Oregon City Elks Lodge 1189 for 44 years and attended ACTS Church in Camas, Washington. David loved spending time with family and traveling the world with his wife.

    David is survived by his wife, Jill Brown; son Taylor; daughters Cheryl Choquette and Kelli Doolittle; sister Marge Stanard; brother-in-law Dave Stanard; cousin John Redmond; four grandchildren; two nephews; and two nieces.

  • 10/20/2020

    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.

  • 07/07/2020
    Matthew 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.” 
  • 02/06/2020

    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.

  • 01/21/2018

    Joseph L. Udall JD ’74, January 21, 2018.

  • 02/21/2019

    Virginia “Gin” Lauritsen JD ’75, February 14, 2019, age 78. 

    Gin moved in 1943 from Arkansas, after the mill where her father worked burned and his employer offered him a job in Oregon. The family lived in Finn Rock and the Vida area before moving to Springfield in 1948. Gin earned a bachelor’s degree in math and chemistry from Oregon State University and a master’s degree in mathematics from Arizona State University.

    Gin worked as in-house counsel for a number of companies in California, including Universal Television and BP, before retiring and moving back to Springfield in 1995. In 1998, a friend suggested she serve on the Lane Transit District’s budget committee. A short time later, the governor appointed Gin to the LTD board, on which she would serve for eight years. A year into that appointment, she ran for the Springfield Utility Board seat she would hold for two decades. Gin was recognized for her public service by the Lane Council of Governments and Springfield Chamber of Commerce.

    Over the years, Gin also volunteered as a nature guide at Dorris Ranch. “Springfield is home,” she said in an 2010 interview. “I measure where I am on this planet by how far I am from Springfield.”

    Gin is survived by one of her three sisters, Anne Ballew, as well as three nephews.

  • 09/29/2020

    Kenneth Cyral Dixson Sr. JD ’76 died on April 20, 2020. He was 73.

    Kenneth was born in Los Angeles on August 12, 1946, to Alice LynAudrey Rose Bryant and Herman Ashe. He was active in the civil rights movement in Los Angeles and was one of five African American students who integrated the city’s South Gate Senior High School in the early 1960s. An outstanding and lettered high school athlete, Kenneth attended Pacific University on football and track and field scholarships.

    In 1967, Kenneth married Lillian M. Nakamura, whom he described as the love of his life and with whom he raised three daughters: Adrienne, Alyss, and Alana. After graduating from Officers Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in Da Nang, Vietnam. Upon completion of his tour of duty, Kenneth was honorably discharged as a 1st Lieutenant.

    Kenneth practiced law in Portland and was the only attorney who had a law office in the city’s Albina neighborhood. As one of a few African American attorneys in Portland who were in private practice, he was quoted as saying, “There are three types of people: white collar, blue collar, and no collar. I serve the no-collar people.”

    Kenneth had a sharp legal mind, a quick wit, vast vocabulary, love of languages, and the ability (and willingness) to debate anyone, on nearly any topic, at any time. He valued education and learning, was a voracious reader, and took great pride in the academic, scholarly, and artistic accomplishments of his progeny. He cherished his children and grandchildren and took every opportunity to shower them with love and affection. Kenneth had a passion for music and movies and shared both with his family and friends. He was also an early adopter of technologies who built his own computers and was fascinated with the changing technological landscape. He also adored being near the water and preferred the serenity and solitude of the ocean over the bustle of the city. Kenneth lived the last years of his life on his treasured boats in Long Beach, California.

    Kenneth is survived by daughters Adrienne D. Dixson, PhD; Alyss D. Dixson, MFA; Alana D. Dixson, MD, PhD; and Lazonia Sargent; son Kenneth C. Dixson Jr.; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters Martha Dawson and Marva Smith; and a host of nieces, nephews, loving cousins, extended family, and lifelong friends.

  • 03/25/2020

    Dennis J. Hubel JD ’76 died at home September 16, 2019, after several years of undergoing surgeries and treatments for myeloma cancer, heart disease, and pulmonary problems. He was 71.

    Dennis, a native New Yorker, grew up in Portland and most recently lived in Wilsonville. After attending Cornell University on a Navy ROTC scholarship and studying engineering, he spent time in the Navy on a nuclear submarine and served in Vietnam.

    Following his service, Dennis enrolled in law school, clerking for then-U.S. Attorney Sid Lezak. He practiced law as a partner in Mitchell, Lang & Smith from 1976 to 1987. Dennis then worked as a partner for the Karnopp Peterson firm in Bend until he was appointed as a part-time magistrate judge in eastern Oregon in 1995. He was appointed to a full-time magistrate judge’s seat on January 1, 1998, and moved his chambers to Portland. Although Dennis retired in January 2015, he remained on recall status and maintained his chambers at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse until his death.

    Dennis was active in the Professional Liability Defense Fund and served for several years on the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference’s Magistrate Judges’ Education Committee. He also served on the Mount Bachelor Ski Education Foundation board of directors from 1993 through 1997.

    Dennis is survived by his wife, Marcia, and two children.

  • 07/07/2020

    Teunis James Wyers Jr. JD ’76 passed away on August 26, 2019, surrounded by family at his home in White Salmon, Washington. He was 73.

    Teunis was born in Hood River, Oregon, on April 4, 1946, to Teunis and Lucile Wyers. During his high school years he worked on the Kreps Ranch bucking hay during the summer. After graduating high school in 1964, he briefly studied sociology at the University of Oregon. 

    Teunis married Barbara Ann Clemmons on May 25, 1968, shortly after joining the U.S. Navy. He completed his military training while Barbara attended business school in Portland. Following his honorable discharge in 1972, Teunis completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Oregon. He passed the bar exam one month before his father, also an attorney, died in 1976. Teunis moved back to Hood River to take over the law practice, where he remained until 2010. He practiced in Bingen, Washington, from 2010 to 2019.

    Teunis married Sheila Mortenson in 1981 and Pat Kreps on July 31, 1993. He enjoyed horseback riding and packing, hunting, traveling, camping, restoring antique cars, tinkering, and community service.

    Teunis is survived by his wife Pat Kreps Wyers; daughters Johanna Katherine Wyers and Darcy Lefebvre; sons Teunis Gerbrand Wyers and Randy Wyers; a granddaughter; several stepchildren and step-grandchildren; brother Jan Wyers; and sister Karen Robertson, as well as many nieces and nephews.

  • 08/17/2016

    Constance “Connie” Emerson Crooker died April 10, 2015, at her home. She was 68 years old.

    Connie was born July 23, 1946, in Portland, Maine, to Reverend Charles W. Crooker and Elizabeth (MacGregor) Crooker Bates. She earned a BA from Reed College.

    Connie established a criminal defense practice focusing on the Hispanic community and led efforts in Oregon to professionalize the use of interpreters in the courts. She was also the first woman in Oregon to contract with the state to run a Public Defenders office, serving the community of Tillamook for many years.

    Following her retirement Connie avidly pursued a wide array of interests, including skiing, hiking, camping, dancing, singing, and playing the guitar. She also relished traveling abroad and studying foreign languages. One of her passions was writing. Connie wrote and published several books, including Melanoma Mama: On Life, Death, and Tent Camping, in which she shared her experiences on a solo cross-country trip to celebrate her unexpected reprieve from ongoing cancer treatments, and Doc Jackson’s Letters Home: A Combat Medic’s 1968 Letters From Vietnam, which was released on April 30, 2015, the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam conflict.

    Survivors include her three siblings and their spouses: Carol and Deane Farnsworth, Charles and Adrian Crooker, and Catherine Crooker and Griff O’Brien. Connie is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

  • 05/22/2018

    Richard D. Acott JD ’78 passed away on February 18, 2018, at the age of 81.

    Richard was born in Fort Collins, Colorado, April 23, 1936. He earned a BA in political science from Chapman College before he was commissioned as a Marine Corps officer. He received his naval aviator wings in 1957. While stationed in Florida, Richard met the love of his life, Constance, and they were married within a month of their first date.

    During 1966–67, Richard flew 115 combat missions from Chu Lai, Vietnam, in the A4 Skyhawk. His awards and citations included the Distinguished Flying Cross.

    After his Marine Corps experience, Richard worked in the insurance business and was owner/broker of a real estate company. Following law school, he was in private law practice, worked as a deputy district attorney, and was appointed to the county court bench as a magistrate.

    Throughout his life, Richard had an enduring love of art. In 1988 he began studying sculpture at the Loveland Colorado Art Academy. In 1995 he opened a studio in Loveland, changing his career one last time.

    Richard was preceded in death by his son Stephen and grandson Jesse. He is survived by his wife, Constance; his daughter, Lorri; sons Garret and Phillip; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren

  • 07/07/2020

    Thomas (Thom) Henry Gerken JD ’78, of Logan, Ohio, passed away on May 10, 2020. He was 67 years old.

    Thom was born January 14, 1953, in Logan to Richard and Anna (Sellers) Gerken and earned a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University. He had a distinguished legal career, first serving as a partner in the firm of Gerken, Gerken & Gerken, LPA, followed by nearly 25 years as judge of the General Division of the Vinton and Hocking County Courts of Common Pleas. Thom then worked as of counsel with the firm of Crabbe, Brown & James LLP, and as an attorney with the Office of the Ohio Public Defender before returning to private practice.

    Thom was an accomplished golfer, chef, guitar collector, and jokester, and he adored spending time with his friends and family.

    Thom is survived by his beloved wife, Kathy; children Jason, Haley, and Miles; mother, Anna; siblings Jeffrey, Charles, Melinda, and Jerry; and dog, Obie. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard; brother, Richard Jr.; and niece, Elizabeth.

  • 04/23/2021

    Luis Benito Caraballo JD ’79 passed away on April 3, 2021. He was 67.

    Luis was born on March 15, 1954, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Benito and Rosa (Rodriguez) Caraballo. He spent his career working in law and government and lived a rich life full of experience and education. 

    Luis is survived by his wife, Stacey; his younger brothers Walter and Mike; his children, Acacia, Adric, and Anissa; and his grandchildren, Yvie, Everett, Korvo, and soon-to-be-born Carson. He also leaves behind a wealth of aunts, uncles, and cousins

  • 12/20/2019

    Jean Marguerite Davis-Johnson JD ’78 passed away peacefully at home December 8, 2019, from Alzheimer’s disease. She was 69 years old.

    Jean was born July 16, 1950, in Spokane to Walter Z. Davis Sr. and Betty Jean Berg. She graduated from Lewis and Clark High School, earning a BA from Whitman College and an MA from the University of Washington before attending law school.

    Jean married Stephen Johnson, her high school sweetheart, on September 2, 1972. She left law practice to be a full-time mother to their three sons. Jean also donated her time to support local education, art, and music organizations in various capacities. She was a master gardener, birdwatcher, art and antique enthusiast, nature lover, reader, and lifelong student of American and Pacific Northwest history. She was also a member of Spokane’s St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.

    Jean was predeceased by her father and mother. She is survived by her husband; her three sons, Gregory, Timothy, and Eric; her four grandchildren, Noah (9), Silas (6), Merritt (3), and Makenna (1); and her three older brothers, Walter Jr., Eric, and Paul.


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