ROBIN DEJONG

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  • "Robin - you will be missed. Wherever you are, I'm sure..."
    - Mary Lovrien
  • "How lucky I was to know Robin at Columbia High School. ..."
    - Gerald Stein
  • ""How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye..."
    - Patti Carroll
  • "Rest in peace, Robin. What a rich, wonderful life you..."
    - Karen Upchurch Bowman
  • "I attended Columbia High School with Robin and do remember..."
    - Jean Schwinberg
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ROBIN DEJONG Robin was born to Rudolph and Mary Ann DeJong on April 29, 1948 in Richland, WA, joining his brothers Norman and Lamont. He attended Jefferson Elementary, Chief Joseph Junior High, and Richland High School, graduating in 1966. He enjoyed growing up in Richland and exploring the rivers and desert around the Tri-Cities. He was a gifted art student in high school and college and retained his interest in art and architecture throughout his life. He attended Columbia Basin College and Brigham Young University, majoring in archaeology (B.A. 1971), and worked on the Anasazi archaeological digs along the San Juan River in the Four Corners area of Utah. After graduation he worked summers for the U.S. Forest Service and spent winters working and skiing in Park City, UT. He whitewater rafted the rivers of the West with his brother Norman. Robin began his 34-year career with the U.S. Forest Service when he joined his brother Lamont at the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in 1967. This began his love for the forest and his interest in engineering. In 1988 he received his Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Portland State University. He served with the Forest Service as a geotechnical engineer; was an aquatic organism master design engineer for Region 6; served as a contracting officer's representative for many Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads (ERFO) damage repairs from 1995 to 2012; and coordinated all trail and road bridge inspections from 1998 to 2012. After the eruption of Mount St. Helens, he worked on many projects on the Monument, including serving as contracting officer's representative on the Eruption Trail at Johnston Ridge and point of contact for maintenance of the Spirit Lake Tunnel. In 1999 he married Mari Jilbert, and they enjoyed 17 years hiking, camping, traveling, antiquing, working on their house, and spending time with family and friends. Robin was an adventurous traveler: he hitchhiked to Panama; spent time in Mexico, Hawaii and Europe; took road trips to the Southwest and across the U.S. and Canada; and visited Peru and Bhutan. Robin passed away on Thursday, July 7, 2016. He will be greatly missed by his wife, Mari Jilbert; brothers Norman DeJong and Lamont DeJong; their wives Melanie DeJong and Carolyn DeJong; nephews Michael (Mick) Hokanson and his wife Emily Hokanson, Chris DeJong; nieces Kendyl DeJong, Johanna DeJong, Hettie DeJong; great-nephews Rustyn Yazdanpour, Ethan Troy Wright, Garrett DeJong, AJ Hokanson; and great-nieces Melanie Truelove, Soraya Yazdanpour and Emily Jane Wright. He was preceded in death by his parents and nephew Matthew Wayne DeJong. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Red Cross Building at Fort Vancouver (605 Barnes Road, Vancouver, WA) at noon on Saturday, July 23, 2016. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Oregon Food Bank.
Published in Tri-City Herald on July 17, 2016