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Julie Jorgensen Griffin


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Julie Jorgensen Griffin Obituary
Julie Jorgensen Griffin passed away peacefully at her home, March 26, 2016, after a long battle with cancer.
She was born April 11, 1960, in Blackfoot, Idaho, to George and Donna Jeppesen Jorgensen. She will be intensely missed by those whose lives she touched. She was a supportive wife, friend, sister, and a committed and dedicated colleague. She had the fortitude to approach life on her own terms. She was adventurous, independent and wise. She had a passion for a job well done.
Julie grew up in Blackfoot, Idaho. From a young age, she was active and outgoing. She enjoyed the outdoors and all that being an Idahoan afforded her. She excelled in Blackfoot schools, graduating in 1978. She was a leader in school and very active in debate and speech. Julie received her Bachelor of Arts in History and Speech in 1982 from Idaho State University.
Julie married her loving husband, Robert Griffin, in 1989. He was her biggest fan. They enjoyed many years together, entertaining in their home and traveling together. One of her passions was St. Patrick's Day. She and Rob hosted a large gathering every year at their home. Many folks looked forward to the party.
She had an easy smile on her face. She never learned to hate. She always thought the best of everyone and everything. She lived her life authentically.
Julie had many interests, mostly revolving around her home. She loved to cook and was a foodie. She enjoyed decorating and entertaining in her home. She read often about these interests. She was active in social bridge clubs. She loved the beauty of Idaho and enjoyed camping and fishing her entire life. She loved the water and swam nearly everyday at the Cedars pool. She taught many children how to swim. She loved her neighbors and found pleasure in serving them. She served on the Cedar Hills HOA Board from 1996, serving as president from 1998 until 2013.
Her career was always involving helping people. The last 24 years she was a Federal Test Coordinator/Supervisor and Test Administrator for the Office of Personnel Management and the Department of Defense. She loved the testing program and worked through her illness as long as she could.
Julie was diagnosed with colon cancer in the summer of 2014. She had helped her husband through the same disease the year before. They were a comfort and support to each other. There were days when one was having chemo and the other was in surgery. Somehow they managed to get through it. They had great help and want to thank their friends, neighbors, medical personnel, and family who have supported them through this ordeal.
Julie is survived by her husband, her stepson and his wife, Brian and Chandra Griffin of Fort Hall; and her grandson Jadon Griffin of Fort Hall. She is survived by her supportive sister and best friend, Wendy Scott (husband Terry) of Blackfoot; her brother Val (wife Beverly) Jorgensen of Shelley, Idaho and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents.
Services will be held Thursday, March 31, at the Pocatello Baptist Church, 190 West Chapel Rd., with Pastor Brian Griffin conducting. Family will meet with friends on Wednesday, March 30, from 6-8 p.m. at Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave, Pocatello. Burial will be in the Mountain View Cemetery in Pocatello.
Published in The Morning News on Mar. 30, 2016
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