Jeffrey Lynn Standaert Age 62, Nov. 4, 1950-July 23, 2013 Jeff died after a long and hard-fought battle against cancer. Jeff was a gifted writer and editor. Jeff's career in journalism lasted for nearly 50 years. He began working at newspapers at age 13 as a copy boy and sportswriter at newspapers in Wisconsin, and ended his career at The News Tribune in Tacoma, where he worked as an editor for 13 years. Jeff wrote and edited for many publications, including the Wisconsin State Journal, the Lewiston Morning Tribune, the Chicago Sun Times, and The Everett Herald, where he was an editor for 19 years. Jeff was born in Glenwood City, Wisconsin, a beautiful area in northwestern Wisconsin, which sparked a lifelong love of the outdoors. Nicknamed "Hud" by friends, Jeff served as class president for Glenwood City High school and was a lifelong and devoted fan of Hilltopper football, following their win-loss record from afar. He graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Jeff was a voracious reader and particularly loved history. As an editor, he helped launch the careers of many young writers. While Jeff loved camping, the outdoors and target shooting, his real love in life was his family. He was a devoted husband to Martha Modeen, as well as a devoted father to his sons Sam and Jake. Jeff is survived by his two sons, and six siblings, Gene Standaert, Bonnie Berg, Sally Standaert, Randy Standaert, Lani Standaert, and Robin Standaert. In accordance with his wishes, Jeff did not have a memorial service, but colleagues and friends gathered at a local tavern to raise a glass in his honor. Jeff's ashes were scattered by his parents' gravesite in Glenwood City, Wisconsin. Donations in Jeff's memory can be made to the University of Wisconsin journalism program, 608-263-4545. Dear Jeff, you were so courageous in how you fought this terrible beast until the end. You've been gone for five months, and I miss you every day. I pray that you're at peace and sitting by a campfire in your beloved Wisconsin woods. Love you here and beyond.-Beeb.
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Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Dec. 31, 2013