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Pat Jorgenson, who lived near Mead, died September 11 in Mead, Colorado from Lou Gehrigs Disease. She was 73. Pat was born on Dec. 10, 1939, in Shenandoah, Iowa, to Richard and Dorothy Dalbey, who lived in the near by town Coin. Pat spent her early years growing up in farms in the Coin area and graduated from Coin High School in 1957. Later that year she was married in Boulder, CO to Earl Jorgenson, a native of Sidney, Iowa. The couple divorced in 1983. She attended the University of Colorado from 1972-1975, and graduated with honors with a B.A. in Journalism and a B.S. in Geography. From 1976-1979 she was a reporter, photographer and editor for the Longmont, CO Daily Time-Call. From 1979-1980 she was a technical reports writer for Rocky Mountain Consultants of Longmont, before joining the U.S. Geological Survey as a public affairs specialist at agency's Central Region Office in Lakewood, CO. In 1988 she transferred to the USGS Western Region Office in Menlo Park, CA., where she was chief of public affairs until her retirement in 2002. Throughout her journalism career Pat received numerous awards for her writing and editing, including the Department of Interior's "Superior Service" award. In 2002 she moved to a small farm one mile west of Mead, where she raised chickens, a large garden, and made many friends in the area. Pat was a member of the board of Historic Highlandlanke, Inc.; the Berthoud Historical Society; the Colorado Historical Society; and the Colorado Society of Mayflower Descendants. Pat was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by a son, Marshall Jorgenson, of Mead; Kelly Jorgenson, of Mead: Kathryn 'Kat" Jorgenson and Kris Maldonado, both of Boulder. Also surviving are her grandchildren Christopher Jorgenson, of Denver; Dani Maldonado of Denver; and Jimmy and Mikey Bridge of Mead, and one great-grandchild, Azalea. Pat's body was cremated and remembrance gathering will be held at The Highland Lake Church in Mead on Saturday, October 12 at 6 p.m.

Published in The Boulder Daily Camera on Oct. 6, 2013
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