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ROGER JOSEPH LAUEN

ROGER JOSEPH LAUEN

1939 to 2013

Roger Lauen passed away on Dec. 12, 2013 at the age of 74. He was born in St. Paul, Minn., 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 community-based 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, 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 percent to everything he did. Roger's sense of adventure, 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; stepchildren 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 (BARN), In Memory of Roger Lauen, BOX 205, 221 Winslow Way, West Bainbridge Island, WA 98110.

Published in Green Valley News & Sun on Feb. 16, 2014
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