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Roger Joseph Lauen

1939 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Roger Joseph Lauen Obituary
Roger Lauen passed away on December 12, 2013 at the age of 74. He was born in St. Paul, Minnesota to Harry and Catherine Lauen. He graduated from Humboldt High School, joined the army for 2 years and then returned to enroll in the University of Minnesota. He went on to receive his doctorate in Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, then spent the rest of his years traveling extensively and living in a variety of places including different parts of Colorado, Arizona, Mexico, Panama, Oregon and Washington State, most recently on Bainbridge Island. Roger was a lifelong advocate for social justice, beginning with his participation in the Freedom Summer of 1964 in Mississippi, where he helped register voters and support the efforts of the Student Non Violent Coordinating Committee. He worked as a community organizer in Minneapolis, Chicago and Denver and as a Peace Corps volunteer in Colombia, South America. His professional career was primarily dedicated to community corrections, including working to pass legislation in Colorado to create communitybased programs for non-violent offenders. He served as Colorado's first Director of Community Corrections, and advocated for a fair and efficient criminal justice policy. In his retirement, Roger continued to be involved in many volunteer efforts at the state and local level, including public financing of elections and health care reform. He also served on a number of boards on Bainbridge Island and most recently, was instrumental in creating the Bainbridge Island Community Woodworkers (BICW), which has now evolved into the more encompassing artisan center, referred to as the BARN (Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network). Roger was an avid tennis player, sailor, softball player, and woodworker. He gave 100% to everything he did. Roger's sense of adventure, his humor and his joie de vivre, will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Roger was preceded in death by his daughter Sarah Lauen. He is survived by his loving partner and best friend, Jane Clayton McCotter, whom he met and married in Denver, Colorado 25 years ago. He is also survived by his son Douglas Lee Lauen (wife Joanna); grandchildren Tessa and Harper Lauen; step-children Shauna and Devin O'Toole; and sister Barbara Wylie. Donations in Roger's memory may be made to the project he was most passionate about, the Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network, 221 Winslow Way West, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. (www.bainbridgebarn.org).

Published in Denver Post on Dec. 22, 2013
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