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Hedman, Jeffrey L.
Jeffrey died suddenly October 4, 2015 in Phoenix, AZ due to heart disease. Jeff was born in 1953 in Caribou, Maine to Walter and Frances (Unger) Hedman. The family moved to Seward, Alaska in 1955. Jeff attended Seward schools, where he developed his lifelong love of music. He joined the U.S. Army in 1970 and was honorably discharged in 1973. Jeff worked in various positions in Alaska, including seismic exploration for Navigational Services and Shimek's Audio. He also owned and operated his own auto stereo business, Hedman's Mobile Electronics. Throughout most of his life, Jeff was known for playing bass guitar. He started in Seward while still in junior high school, playing in local bands with his brother Richard and lifelong friends Richard Ballou and Jamie Pullar. He continued off and on with a number of bands in Alaska until he moved to Arizona in 2013. These included The Source, White Magic, Riptide, the Love Puppets, TreaterWrite, and Triple Threat. Jeff moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 2013. While there, he reconnected with a childhood friend and playmate, Catherine Richardson, who also happened to be the recipient of his first kiss. This blossomed into love and then marriage in July 2013. Jeff's musical career also blossomed in Phoenix, as he worked with several variety and classic rock bands, including Timeless Energy, Rock Steady, and Gas Station Sushi. Jeff is survived by his wife, Catherine, and his stepson, Aidan Richardson; his brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Mary Hedman; niece, Melanie, and her children, Zachary and Sammie. His Phoenix musical cohorts staged an afternoon jam on Saturday, October 10 at his home to send him off in fabulous rock 'n roll style. Jeff was inurned at the National Memorial Cemetery with family and friends present on Monday, October 12, 2015. His family wishes to express their sincere gratitude for all the love and support bestowed on them by friends and extended family. Rock on, Jeff. Please visit www.hansenmortuary.com for condolences.

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Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 20, 2015
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