Leave the world a better place.
  • 79 years old
  • Born on November 3, 1932 in Los Angeles, California, United States.
  • Passed away on January 8, 2012 in Portland, Oregon, United States.
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, John C. Mitchem 79 years old , born on November 3, 1932 and passed away on January 8, 2012. We will remember him forever.
Posted by John Wilberding on 3rd November 2014
Jack, when we said we will never forget you we said the truth. I think of you often. I remember that you were an associate member of the 10th Mountain Infantry Division association. I have also become a member of that organization in part, in your honor.
Posted by Al Webster on 8th January 2014
Hello Jack, We are having a slow season start down here on the mountain. Could you shake a few clouds up there, do a snow dance and send some snow down our way? I would always enjoy duty days on the MHSP when you were Hill Captain as our spirits were high with your humor and wit keeping us going throughout the day.
Posted by John Wilberding on 8th January 2014
As the years go by I'll still remember Jack, the great skier, sailer, climber, wine conniseur (yes my spelling is still bad), Navy vet and all around good guy. Litterally, I will never forget him.
Posted by Alyce M. Jenkins on 4th November 2012
Never before on our mutual birthday did I think so much about Jack as yesterday. We had no power or cable here in NJ, but during the night we were restored. We'll always remember our precious time with Jack and his family, and I've appreciated the photos on this site of Jack before I ever met him. What a wonderful cousin he was -- so sharing of his life when we visited him!
Posted by Al Webster on 12th February 2012
When I joined the Mount Hood Ski Patrol in the early 80's, Jack was an icon of leadership for the patrol. It is people like Jack who keep it going for everyone who comes after him. It was truly an honor to know this great person. He will always be in my memories. Al Webster SH-943
Posted by Bob Smith on 12th February 2012
Friend, ski patrol companion, mountaineering and ski-mountaineering rope mate, mentor, instructor are some of the words of my memory of Jack. What a fine inspiration. Mount Hood Ski Patrol, Wy'east Climbers, and OHSU School of Dentistry are the venues that I will always remember him. Always prodding, challenging and encouraging, never pushing was his style.
Posted by Patricia Klum on 12th February 2012
We feel very fortunate to have known Jack who leaves us all with the example his giving nature and a life well-lived. (Jeff, the pictures are wonderful! Lucy, thank you for keeping us in your lives.) The Klums
Posted by Elisa Koski on 6th February 2012
Jack was drawn to the mountains and the waters and the people of the Northwest. We were very fortunate that he was. It was a great privilege to know Jack. Jack Becker, MHSP #531
Posted by Aneita Mitchem on 6th February 2012
I love having Uncle Jack as an uncle. He was great uncle. I miss him alot. I enjoy when we together.
Posted by Roger Schloe on 31st January 2012
I have so many wonderful memories of making tracks down the slopes with Jack. His classic and smooth skiing style was something I always admired. What a good friend he was to me. Jack, I will miss you greatly!
Posted by Alyce M. Jenkins on 27th January 2012
Reese and I send our sympathy and love to Jack's family. We will always cherish memories of our two opportunities to spend time with him and with you, Lucy, and to meet the rest of the family. And I just learned tonight that Jack and I shared something more than our great grandfather, John Coate Mitchem -- my birthday is also Nov. 3!
Posted by Marilyn Jackson on 25th January 2012
To all the Mitchems--We offer our sympathy and understanding of your grief at Jack's loss. We're sure his optimism and family sustained him always. Glen and Marilyn
Posted by Lawrence Gettleman on 25th January 2012
We had a great friend in Jack Mitchem. He kidded me with a screw coil casting in a Mister Bill doll in the 1980s and I returned the favor with a penile implant trophy on his first retirement in the early 1990s. His contribution to dentistry has been profound, especially in the development of voluntary standards. Jack will be missed and never forgotten.
Posted by Charles Wingard on 25th January 2012
It was an honor to be associated with Jack at OHSU and the Naval Reserve. An outstanding person who truly left the world a better place.
Posted by John Wilberding on 22nd January 2012
Thanks for all the times we rented your Cat 27 sailboat in the San Juans. What great adventures.
Posted by John Wilberding on 22nd January 2012
Jack, you were a leader in the Mt. Hood Ski Patrol whey I was just an applicant and apprentice. You set a high standard and helped up meet that standard. I never did equal your skiing skills...perhaps because I never had a pair of Rosemount boots.
Posted by Jeff Mitchem on 18th January 2012
The gift of life, love and adventure is mine thanks to you Dad. I will seek you in those simple delights - a gentle breeze on a following sea, fresh tracks, mountain peaks, the voice of the rain forest, and in the laughter of family and friends. Adventure in peace.

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