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Vernon Jorgenson

Vern Jorgenson, 82 (Sept. 26, 1933 – June 7, 2016)

     Vernon L. Jorgenson, 82, of Sedona, AZ, formerly of Austin, TX, died on Tuesday morning, June 7, 2016 in Cottonwood. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Mingo; his 2nd wife, LaVohn (Burley) Jorgenson; his daughter-in-law, Marian Pinto-Jorgenson; his half-brother, Keith Alexander; his brother, Kenneth Jorgenson; and his parents, Otis Jorgenson and Lotella Stemple.
     He is survived by his children Tim Jorgenson, Stacey Jorgenson, and Scott (wife Lee) Jorgenson; and his stepchildren Tina (& Chris) Mingo, Debbie (Mingo) Gale, Michael (wife Molly) Mingo, Toni (husband David) Mace and Kathy (husband Guillermo) Manriquez. He is also survived by many grandchildren, great grandchildren and his 1st wife Tilly Jorgenson.
     Vern felt very fortunate to have an exciting new chapter in his life with Marie in Sedona. He was well liked due to his friendly, generous, and loving nature. He had a fulfilling and rewarding lifelong career with Farmers Insurance and as an Administrative Services Manager, he mentored many employees. He was highly involved with Public Relations and Governmental Affairs with the Texas Insurance Industry. He was a former president of St. Vincent de Paul, Sedona Conference and was honored to receive the Jubilarian Certificate of Appreciation. He was a member of the Sedona Elks Lodge. He enjoyed dancing, socializing, golfing and bowling. Vern and Marie were very active bridge players at the Sedona Bridge Center and occasionally attended national competitions.
     The family would like to thank Arizona Care Management Solutions, Aviant Hospice, and The Hillsman House for providing exceptional care during Vern’s final weeks.
     Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 180 St. John Vianney Lane, Sedona, AZ 86336, on Friday, July 29 at 10:00 a.m. Interment of ashes will be at a later date.
     Memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent de Paul and sent to St. John Vianney Church at the address above.

7 Comments to Vernon Jorgenson:

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Joseph on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 5:50 PM
Verne was kind and generous with his time. He visited me while I was in rehab a number of times. He was much loved by the bridge playing community of Sedona, Cottonwood and Flagstaff.
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Daniel Strait on Thursday, July 21, 2016 8:45 AM
My sincere condolences to your family. I am a member of Great Hills Country Club and knew Vern when he lived in Austin and was a member. Sincerely, Daniel Strait
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Mary Ann Hunter on Saturday, July 23, 2016 5:56 PM
I knew Vern when he was President of the St. Vincent de Paul Conference of St. St. John Vianney in Sedona. As district President I often conversed with Vern about conference activities. He was a respected leader and was concerned about the poor of the parish. I was also honored to be present when Vern was presented with the Jubilarian Cross for his service to the Society. Keep looking after us, Vern, because we can use all the help we can get! Rest in Peace!!!
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Dee Dee Nance on Monday, July 25, 2016 8:49 AM
I knew Vern from when he worked at Farmers Insurance in Austin TX. Vern always had a smile on his face and was a pleasure to know. My deepest sympathy to his family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
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John Hageman on Monday, July 25, 2016 11:57 AM
I also worked with Vern in Austin as well as played a lot of golf with him. He was a special person who lighted up a room with his presence. Most all that knew Vern have fond memories of him and smile and laugh when they recall those memories. Our deepest condolences to Vern's family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Mike Bigley on Monday, July 25, 2016 6:32 PM
Vern and I worked for five years together in Austin, Texas. We also shared a pontoon boat at Lake Travis where many a good time was had with our familys. My wife Jo and I were fortunate to attend Marie and Verns wedding in Sedona. Vern was a good friend and will be missed by many.
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Bonnie Mustarde on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 7:53 AM
I worked with Vern at Farmers Insurance in Austin TX for many years. He was always larger than life. He was tough at times, but he had a big smile and an even bigger heart. He was smart and well loved by many. While we were sad to see him retire and then move away, the joy in knowing he was happy and living a full life was worthwhile. My sympathy to all the family, may you take solace in knowing he was a faithful man, lived a long and rich life and is in a better place where there is no pain. Rest in peace and help take care of us all, Vern!
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