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ELMER "CLAY" JORGENSEN ~ Class of
April 29, 1937 - December 3, 2011
Died on December 3, 2011 after a long period of ill health. He was born on April
29, 1937, in Roosevelt, UT to William Elmer Jorgensen and Yvonne Smith
During his life, he lived in Salt Lake City, UT, until the
family moved to Washington - first to Moses Lake, then to Sunnyside, finally
settling in Richland. He graduated from Columbia High School in 1955 and entered
college at BYU in 1955. His college pursuits were put on hold at the end of his
junior year while he served a mission for his church, the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter Day Saints, in the Spanish American Mission. He then returned to his
studies at Brigham Young University where he completed his Bachelor's, Master's,
and PhD. Degrees in Clinical Psychology.
He married Doris Elaine Johnson
in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on January 13, 1961.
He is survived by his
wife Doris; children: Elmer Clay Jorgensen (Sarah), Jr., Layne Stuart Jorgensen
(Leanne), Julia Denise Rogers (Jay), and Sheila May Graham (Leland); twelve
grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by
his parents, his daughter Rhonda Jorgensen, and his first grandchild, Layne
His professional life included teaching for a time at Eastern
Washington University, serving as Director of Child & Family Services at
Spokane Mental Health Center for many years and in private practice as a
Clinical Psychologist in family matters, and finished his career in part time
forensic work for the Spokane Public Defenders, Grant County Public Defenders,
and in Benton County. He finally fully retired in 2010.
He authored two
books. His hobbies included spoiling his grandchildren, followed by fishing,
ceramics, and water color painting.
His funeral was held at the Cheney
LDS Church on December 7th followed by burial at the Fairview Cemetery on
Salnave Road in Cheney.
Guest Book at Cheney Funeral Chapel, Cheney, WA. Published in
the Spokesman-Review from December 6 to December 7,