Jan L. Chamberland Age 65, passed away Aug 7, 2010 in University Place, WA. He was born in Camp Lejeune, NC, and raised in University Place, WA. He graduated from Curtis HS in 1963, joined the Air Force shortly after, and was married in 1964. He trained as a jet mechanic and spent 2 years in Colorado Springs before going to Vietnam for a year. In 1968 he started working for the Town of Fircrest as a lineman, and joined the Fircrest Fire Dept. He worked as a lineman for 39 years for three employers, Fircrest, Parkland and Tacoma. During this time he was with Fircrest Fire Dept. for 26 years, with 15 years as the Fire Chief. Jan accomplished a lot of "Firsts" during his years as Fire Chief. He took great pride in the accomplishments of the firefighter recruits that he worked with. He also served as a Commissioner of the University Place Fire Department. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and travel, but most of all his three grandchildren. Retirement gave him time to enjoy his grandchildren, travel, and explore this beautiful country we live in and enjoy time with his friends. He was a good friend to many and always ready to help when he could. He was preceded in death by his parents, Van and Margaret Chamberland, sister Beverly Pollen, and two nephews. He is survived by his wife Loretta of 46 years, son Patrick, daughter Margaret (Clarence), son John (Angie), granddaughters Madison and Mckenna, and grandson Brandon. Memorial gathering will be Saturday, August 21, 2010, 1:00 to 4:00 PM, at the Fircrest Community Recreation Center, 555 Contra Costa Ave. A Memorial Fund has been established at Columbia Bank in Jan's name to be used toward a public use project and Memorial plaque. Donations may be made at any branch. Online guest book available at www.newtacoma.com .

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Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Aug. 12, 2010