Julian M. Pike
1930 - 2017
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PIKE, Julian M., 86, son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, friend, teacher, researcher, writer, reader, gifted inventor as a Ph.D. physicist for the National Center for Atmospheric Research (Boulder), missionary (Kenya, Africa), volunteer fire lookout (Oregon's Mount Hood and Wallowa-Whitman national forests), and builder of kit computers for Wycliffe Bible Translators (North Carolina), was always a man of God no matter where he walked-and he was a lifetime walker. He passed peacefully in Louisville, Colorado on January 13th 2017, after a life of service and devotion to others, but especially to his beloved wife of more than 65 years, Lola Lavera Pike, who survives him. Born March 14, 1930 in Springfield, Oregon to C.J. Pike and Vivian Pike, Julian also leaves a brother, two sons, a daughter, four grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews: Brother Vic (Zola) Pike; sons Kenneth Pike and Keith (Maureen) Pike; and daughter Julie (Rodney) Powell; grandchildren Thomas, Kayla, and Alexis Powell, and Sophie Pike, daughter of Keith. Donations would be welcome to World Gospel Mission (donations@wgm.org). The world was a safer place and more peaceful place because of Julian, even at the end quick with a smile despite the ravages of time and Alzheimer's disease. An inspiration and blessing to all who knew him, he is and will be greatly missed.

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Published in The Daily Camera from Jan. 17 to Jan. 18, 2017.
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January 11, 2021
I would like to tell a story about Julian. When I started my Forest Service career in Unity, Oregon Julian happened to be the Fire Lookout on Tablerock Lookout. I want to tell you what he did up there during his summers in the early 90's. Thunderstorm like to develop over the high desert around Burns, Oregon. He would watch these from his perch at 7700' in elevation at the lookout. Because of his high mountain top view he could see the shadow that the developing thunderstorm was casting down onto the earth. He would watch this shadow pass over a known point on the ground. He would track that shadow until it passed over another known point on the ground. When this happened he was able to figure out how fast the storm was moving and what direction it was headed. He would call the Dispatch center and tell them that a cell was developing and moving at a certain speed and on this bearing. He would then tell dispatch that at that current speed and bearing he expected it to reach the boundary of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and then he would give an exact time... such-as 1542 or 3:42pm. He would then add if he thought it would be active at that point (putting down lightning). As a fire fighter listening to this you knew exactly where to go to put you in the location of the thunderstorm as soon as it got onto the Forest. As you we were driving to that location you would be eagerly awaiting updates from Julian over the radio. He would say things like... Ive got static on the am!... Ive got high trailing whispering virga! The cell just went active!... As you can imagine we were highly successful with Julian as a lookout. I dont know if he shared stories about life in the lookout tower with his family and friends but I thought I would here today. He was an absolute celebrity to us firefighters. Someone we held in extremely high regard. When he spoke we all wanted to hear what he had to say. He was such a kind hearted warm person but without any effort commanded the highest respect. The memories I have of him I keep close to my heart. The visits I had with him were a very special treat. I am a better person today because of Julian. I miss you to Lola.
Dan Story.
Dan Story
March 28, 2017
I remember very vividly how sad I was to hear him sign off his last day on our fire lookout tower (Table Rock)more than 20 years ago. Now I am sad again to hear he has "signed off" his last time in life. I will see you on the other side my friend. God bless you Julian Pike.
Dan Story
March 28, 2017

Message from brett thomas ,
Julie, I am sorry for the late notice, I just became aware of the passing of Julian, I was very fortunate to work with him during his tenure as a Lookout on Tablerock during the mid 90's.. any chance I could have conact info for Lola, I would sure enjoy reaching out to her and visting.. in my 28 year career spanning 4 national forests, I have never had such a fine duo of employees grace our fire lookouts!! Brett Thomas, Fire Management Officer, bthomas@fs.fed.us
Brett Thomas
February 7, 2017
July 12 2013 Last time we were together with Lola and Grace and Julian Waxhaw NC
Ted Cannon
February 6, 2017
Fixing breakfast for the two of us on a cold morning at Sherman Hill WY c 1967.
Ted Cannon
February 2, 2017
Julian always enjoyed birthdays.
Ted Cannon
January 31, 2017
A man that hath friends must show himself friendly; and there is a friend that stickers closer than a brother. Prov. 18:24

A few days after I arrived at Oregon State College (now university) a mutual friend introduced me to Julian and Lola Pike. Little could I have guessed that our friendship would last all this time. Julian and I were lab partners at Oregon State, later we worked at the same time at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder CO and afterwards kept touch until he recently passed away. I had no biological brothers or sisters; I always thought of Julian as an adopted brother. We had many things in common, and he and Lola were great friends in difficult times and good. I think God brought us together for life.

Ted Cannon January 31 2017
Theodore Cannon
January 28, 2017
Message from Lori and Norm Peddie and family January 20, 2017 11:14 PM
We were saddened to hear of the death of our friend Julian Pike, whose name brings back wonderful family times with our young childrenhikes in the mountains, Easter dinners at their home in Boulder, attending church togetherand their occasional visits back after their move from Boulder many years ago. We know that they had a beneficial influence on our family, from practical advice to spiritual grounding, and that they remain in our hearts. Julian as the gentlemanly, somewhat reserved scientist and ham radio afficionado, and Lola providing her warm support for the family and for all the friends drawn to her lively and generous nature. We keep Lola and all of Julian's family in our thoughts at this time.
Lori and Norm Peddie
January 25, 2017
Julian was a joyful man that touched everyone that knew him. I am blessed to have been one of them and will forever cherish the sweet memories of our time together. Condolences to his family,especially his dear wife Lola, whom he loved with all his heart.
Gigi Morton
January 23, 2017
I was sad to hear of the passing of our "Uncle Julian." I know that Celeste and I have fond memories of the time that we spent with Lola and Julian growing up. Sending peace to your family in this difficult time.
April Noble (Cannon)
January 21, 2017
my dear lola
i do not subscribe to the newspaper and so it was by fortunate accident that i was able to read about julian
i have moved to an independent apartment following the death of john 1/31/16 oh how they will be missed
marlene fund
January 20, 2017
Julian was the happiest man I knew. He was always smiling or about to smile. Praying for Lola, Ken, Keith, Julie, and other family members during this hard time, and for God's comfort and peace.
JoAn Knudson
January 19, 2017
Dear Keith and family,
I am sorry for the loss of your dad. I met your parents several times in Waxhaw,NC and found them to be warm and lovely people. I know Julian will be remembered and missed by so many. What a wonderful and adventurous life he lived,while also giving so much to others. I don't always read the obituaries in the Charlotte paper, but somehow I saw your dad's today. I always seem to catch the ones that I have a connection too. Love and prayers for your family.
Laurie Richardson
January 19, 2017
Walk on Julian with a clear mind and a full heart for God. Listen to the angel wings a rustling. And the melodious harmony of the heavenly choir! Walk on!
Julie Powell
January 19, 2017
I appreciate the bible verses Julian lived out in life. Enjoy your reward!
Julie Powell
January 18, 2017
"I thank my God every time I remember you." Phil. 1:3 We thank the Lord for the blessing that Julian was to us. He and Lola encouraged us when we needed it. We are praying for you all.
Kristen Vega
January 17, 2017
You will be missed uncle Julian
January 17, 2017
Uncle Julian you will be missed
Candie Sparks
January 17, 2017
You will be greatly missed
January 17, 2017
We are praying for all of you at this time. So enjoyed having Julian and Lola in our Sunday School class at Valley View.
Donald Hohensee
January 17, 2017
A hiker (like Dad) walking a mountain trail.
Julie Powell
January 17, 2017
The lookout Mom & Dad manned!
Julie Powell
January 17, 2017
Dad & Ken
Julie Powell
January 17, 2017
We love you dad ! And we'll miss you too!
Julie Powell
January 17, 2017
We say a prayer for those whom the light of Jesus shone upon through Julian M. Pike! Shine on Dad!!! As we remember your life dedicated to God and your family!
Julie Powell
January 17, 2017
A very nice tribute to a wonderful man and father, grandfather and friend! Earth's loss and heaven's gain!
Julie Powell
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