Erik H. Jorgensen

Erik H. Jorgensen, 66, of Scottsdale, Arizona, passed away Saturday, October 25, 2008, after a brief battle with adrenal cancer. He will be missed by his loving wife of 42 years, Linda, his daughter, Erika, and many friends.

Erik was born in Oslo, Norway, in 1942, and lived in Lillehammer, Norway, until immigrating to this country in 1950. He lived in the Midwest until 1955, when his family moved to The Dalles, Oregon. He graduated from The Dalles Senior High School in 1961, Oregon Institute of Technology in 1963, and received B. A. and M. A. degrees from Southern Oregon College in 1969 and 1971. After graduation, Erik taught elementary grades in the Eagle Point and Ashland School districts. He received his School Administration Credential from The University of Oregon in 1974 and became principal of Bellview Elementary School in Ashland, Oregon, a position he held for the next 27 years.

Erik married his high school sweetheart, Linda Libby, in Reno, Nevada, in 1966. In 2001, Erik and Linda retired and built a home at Salishan on the Central Oregon Coast where they lived for the next five years. While at Salishan, Erik renewed an interest in watercolor painting, enjoyed hiking and beachcombing, and sang in the community choir.

In 2006, Erik and Linda moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, to be near their daughter. Erik loved all things automotive and enjoyed attending Scottsdale car shows and talking cars.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hans C. and Myrtle Jorgensen. He is survived by his wife, Linda, and his daughter Erika. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 1, 2008, at Paradise Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Scottsdale, Ariz. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ, 85014-5656 or The Arizona Animal Welfare League, 15 N. 40th Pl., Phoenix, AZ, 85034-1801. Arrangements by Messinger Mortuary.