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Orien L. Pass

1937 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences Gallery
Orien L. Pass Obituary
PASS Orien L. Pass, beloved husband, family patriarch and community leader, died in a tragic accident while on vacation on the island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands on Tuesday, January 21. Orien was born in Seville, Georgia on June 26, 1937, the youngest of five boys. He helped in his father s grocery store as a youngster, establishing a life long work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit. A job with Southern Railroad brought Orien to Jacksonville. In 1972 he happily made Clay County his home, where he brought his playfulness, passion and charm to make a tremendous impact on his community. With a lively sense of humor, a love of people, great ways of listening and telling stories, Orien was a consummate sales professional. He sold hot dogs at age 12, canned milk and dog food and furniture, but closest to his heart were his efforts to sell Clay County. Orien was the Executive Director of the Clay County Economic Development Authority for 12 years. With his sunny personality and his skill at negotiating, he persuaded businesses to migrate to Clay County, generating over 2,000 jobs during his tenure. He masterfully built strong relationships between Clay County and Duval County, always encouraging cooperation rather than competition between neighbors. He was dubbed Mr. Clay County , a moniker he humbly relished. Orien s loyalty, energy and investment in his community extended well beyond his retirement in 2002. As a 3rd degree Master Mason of Georgia and 32nd degree Scottish Rite of Florida, he participated in numerous charitable activities. He was a hard working, lifetime member of the Rotary Club of Orange Park. Orien served on the Board of Directors of the local Salvation Army. He was proud of his recent efforts to organize Rotary volunteers to make Christmas collections for the Salvation Army, a perfect example of his skill in building coalitions. Orien worked for many years to pass legislation to allow alcohol sales on Sunday morning, believing that every dollar had an impact on the county s economy. Orien would be pleased if his friends and neighbors would raise a glass in his honor, during Sunday brunch, in a favorite Clay County establishment! Orien wore his heartfelt dedication to his family like a proud badge. He modeled passion for helping people and service to his community, now perpetuated by his children and his grandchildren. With his marriage to Jacquelyn, he discovered great happiness, a perfect dance partner, and a traveling companion who accompanied him on wonderful adventures. His commitment to positive change lives on in his children Mark Pass (Donna), Deborah Pass Durham (Robert), Kirk Giles (Tammie), and Sonsher e Giles. Orien s playful personality can be seen in his six grandchildren: Per t, Elliot and Gabrielle Pass and Hope, Madeline and Olivia Durham. He is also survived by his brothers Walter, George and Leon, and predeceased by his brother James. Romans 2:6 says He will render to each one according to his works . Orien lived life to the fullest. Considering his works here, it is likely that God is rendering great gifts to him in heaven. Memorial services will be held on Thursday, January 30th at 3:00pm at Orange Park United Methodist Church. The family respectfully requests that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Salvation Army of Clay County or the Rotary Foundation. Hardage-Giddens Rivermead Funeral Home, 127 Blanding Blvd. Orange Park, FL 32073 (904)264-2481 in charge of arrangements. Please Sign the Guestbook @
Published in the Florida Times-Union on Jan. 29, 2014
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