Jon Garlinghouse

Eugene, Oregon

Jun 25, 1946 – Apr 4, 2017 (Age 70)


Tuesday, June 25th 1946
Tuesday, April 4th 2017
University of Washington


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Jon Garlinghouse Sociologist, Counselor, Suicide Prevention Specialist and social activist died Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 of thyroid cancer. He was 70 years old. Born June 25th, 1946 in Spokane, WA, Jon developed a great love of nature roaming the bluffs outside his home and spending summers at a cabin his father built by hand on the shores of Priest Lake, Idaho. Jon attended the University of Washington in Seattle in 1964. He was drafted into the U.S. Military in 1967, aiming to avoid combat, he enlisted serving in Korea along the DMZ before being transferred to the Armed Forces Recreation Center Ski Patrol in Garmisch, Germany. After being honorably discharged he found it difficult to reintegrate and as a solution traveled throughout Europe and Morocco in a VW Van for two years before returning to the U.S. in 1972. Taking advantage of the GI Bill, Jon received his BS and MA in Sociology from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA. Having found something he loved in Sociology, a way to make sense of the world, he went on to earn his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1979. In September of that year, he moved to Eugene to form Adversity Research with Lyndon Duke. From 1983 until his death, Jon ran a private counseling practice specializing in suicide prevention and postvention with bereaved families. Jon was a powerful advocate for those alienated by society. In his work and his life he focused on creating strategies to mitigate harm caused by oppressive forces. He campaigned for Jesse Jackson, joined numerous environmental and social justice causes, and since 1992 was actively involved in standing with the local Kalapooya People fighting to protect their burials, lands, and sacred sites. He was intensely interested in how the political intersected with the personal. In light of this, Jon requested that his obituary inform people that he was a downwinder from Hanford Nuclear Reservation and that his fatal thyroid cancer was caused by living in that region as a child. Several family members and countless others from that area suffered thyroid conditions and thyroid cancer. He is predeceased by his father, Morse Nolan Garlinghouse and Mother, Dorothy (Roessell) Garlinghouse. He leaves behind his daughter, Fionna Cohen, 20, wife, Zoe Cohen, sister-in- law Virginia Cohen, sister Toy and husband Rod Martin of Seattle, two nieces, one nephew and five grand nieces/nephews and many beloved friends. He will be sorely missed. A memorial service for Jon will be held on Friday, May 19th at 10:30AM at Temple Beth Israel in Eugene. Donations in his memory can be made to: Indigenous Sacred Sites Preservation Fund with SELCO Community Credit Union, 299 E. 11th Ave. mailing address: PO Box 7487 Springfield, OR 97475 Arrangements in the care of Sunset Hills Funeral Home and Cemetery

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Wow, so sorry to hear about Jon's death. He greatly touched our family. He was an amazing man.

I came across this notice by accident while searching for Jon on the Internet. I was in graduate school at the University of Colorado with Jon and he is one of the few fellow graduate students I recall. I remember him for his impressive intellectual capabilities mixed with a warm personality and true caring for others. For me, he made graduate school a better experience because he was a good friend at the time and a truly fine human being.

I was saddened to read this news today after making a facebook reference to Dr. Garlinghouse and then deciding to look him up. I attended two of his extended crisis response seminars while working for Lincoln County School District and later Philomath School District. I found his perspective on suicide ideation revolutionary, and have pointed a number of people to his perspectives on helping others deal with this formidable adversary. I am grateful for the things Jon taught me and how they...

Just found out about Jon's passing. My deepest condolences to his family. I was on the ski patrol with Jon at the Lake Chiemsee Resort in southern Germany the winter of 1969 and 1970. When I was discharged from the service in the summer of 1970. Jon, Ned Hamlin and myself traveled together through out Germany, France and Spain in Volkswagon vans that summer. I will always cherish those fun times we had traveling together. May he rest in peace.