Jean Lauzon passed away October 15, 2013 in Medford, Ore. He was surrounded by his son, Peter, and his daughter-in-law, Vicki, of Los Angeles, Calif. Jean was fortunate enough to have been visited, just prior to his passing, by his good friends, Terry and Carol Rakiecki and Ron Burg (USN Ret.) and his wife, Carol.
Born in Montreal, Canada, Jean made his way to the Los Angeles area during the aerospace boom in the late 1950s and worked as an aerospace machinist. He cofounded his own company, Budd Henry Corporation where he manufactured parts for jet planes and sattelites. After selling Budd Henry, he settled down for the next 25 years at TRW in Redondo Beach, Calif. He was particularly proud of his work on advanced aircraft and space satellites.
After retiring, he lived at his ranch outside of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. An avid outdoorsman, he was able to relax, fish, and enjoy the great outdoors, surrounded by his many dogs.
Not wanting to "rust" he started another company, Post Falls Machine Tool Company. In town he was know as a bit of a joyful rogue and rabble rouser, and it was difficult not to go anywhere without someone knowing the fun-loving Jean. In Idaho, he developed long term relationships that lasted until his passing. Jean satisfied his wanderlust for travel by purchasing a large RV trailer and diesel truck. He began his adventures and traveled all over the United States, stopping at a variety of places to visit family and friends. He was especially fond of stopping in the Los Angeles area to watch his granddaughter, Sylvie, play in soccer matches all over Southern California.
After satisfying his lust for travel, he settled down in Applegate, Ore. where he continued to develop long-term relationships and enjoy the great outdoors. He shared many days with his friend, Terry, telling tall tales and exaggerated stories. Jean was a lovable curmudgeon who enjoyed playing pranks and joking around.
Jean is survived by his son, Peter; Peter's wife, Vicki Podberesky; his granddaughter, Sylvie, whom he particularly adored; his son, Michael; grandchildren, Ryan, Emily, Ben, and Mallory; his sisters, Gisele, Gertrude, and Yolande; and his two brothers, Paul and Gilles, all of Canada; and his former spouse, "Penny" Belisle (Vic).
Jean's love of people and his joie de vivre will be missed by all. May God bless him and his continuing travels.