Jeffrey Brian Ferguson was born at St. Mary's Hospital in Reno, Nevada to Marilyn (Wolf) Ferguson and Paul Emil Ferguson. He went home to God the Father and the Blessed Virgin Mary peacefully on December 9, 2020.
Growing up in Sparks, Jeff enjoyed all sports, including Little League baseball (which his father coached), football, basketball and skiing. Jeff was an avid hunter and loved to spend days walking the Nevada wilderness hunting birds with his friends and family. Jeff graduated Sparks High School in 1992 (a semester early) and immediately enrolled at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in English in only 3 years. Upon graduation, he was accepted to California Western School of Law in San Diego, California. It was there he gained a true love and appreciation of the beach and the ocean, even teaching himself how to surf. In 1997, Jeff was admitted to the State Bar of Nevada, becoming the second youngest attorney in Nevada at that time. In 1998, he passed the California bar exam and was admitted to the California State Bar. Jeff began his legal career at the law firm of Vannah, Costello, Canepa, Reidy, Rubino & Lattie in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he enjoyed great success litigating construction defect cases. In 1999, Jeff and his former wife, Misti, had their first child Candace. In 2002, Jeff's second daughter Audrey was born. The same year, Jeff started his own law practice where he focused mainly on personal injury and construction defect cases. Jeff's negotiation skills and uncanny ability to win arguments were great assets to him during his legal career and proved invaluable to Jeff in obtaining successful recoveries for his clients. In 2004, Jeff's third child Jackson was born. Jeff's greatest joys in life were his three children and the time he spent with them, and he recently moved from Las Vegas to Reno in order to be closer to them. He instilled in his children the importance of education, a true enjoyment of life, the value of a good sense of humor, and the love of all things Dallas Cowboys. Jeff was an active member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and prayed the rosary daily.
Jeff was preceded in death by his sister, Kimberly Cain, his father Paul, and his grandparents. He is survived by his mother Marilyn, sister Bridgit (Mike) Parise, sister Troy (Steve Althoff) Ferguson, his beloved children, Candace, Audrey, and Jackson Ferguson, many cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, numerous friends, including life-long friends Eric Christiansen, Jason Norris, and Jairon Estrada, and his former wife, Misti Hale. Jeff's good nature, sense of humor, and love of life will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
In lieu of flowers, if you are able, please donate to Washoe Legal Services, Catholic Charities or another local charity.
Published in the Reno Journal-Gazette and Mason Valley News from Jan. 2 to Jan. 5, 2021.