Amy June Cur­rier Jor­gensen

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June 11, 1920 ~ Dec. 1, 2018 Res­i­dent of Saratoga

A Saratoga na­tive, Amy June Cur­rier Jor­gensen passed away at her home on Saratoga Av­enue. It was on this same prop­erty, which had been in her pioneer fam­ily since 1878, that she was born on June 11, 1920, to Jean B. and Fred­er­ick J. Cur­rier. She at­tended Saratoga Gram­mar School, Los Gatos High School and San Jose State Col­lege, where she was a mem­ber of the Ero Sophian Soror­ity. In 1941 she grad­u­ate with hon­ors with de­grees in English and Busi­ness. For the next two years she worked for the col­lege as a sec­re­tary in the Comptroller’s Of­fice. In 1943 she be­came a war bride, mar­ry­ing SJ State class­mate, John G. Jor­gensen, formerly from Fre­mont. He was a 1st. Lieu­tenant in the 10th. Mt. Divi­sion, US Army, train­ing for moun­tain duty at Camp Hale, Colorado. She trav­eled with her hus­band to Colorado, Texas and Ge­or­gia. When he went over­seas with his out­fit to par­tic­i­pate in the bat­tle of the Po Val­ley and the Apen­nine Moun­tains of Italy, Amy June re­turned to the fam­ily ranch in Saratoga. Af­ter the war, John, now pro­moted to Cap­tain, re­turned to con­tinue his stud­ies, com­plet­ing his MBA at Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity.

The cou­ple raised 3 chil­dren at “Raw­don Dell Ranch” on Saratoga Av­enue and both be­gan to par­tic­i­pate in lo­cal ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tions. Amy June served on boards of 3 PTA’s, Good Gov­ern­ment Group of Saratoga, Saratoga His­tor­i­cal Foun­da­tion, Friends of Saratoga Li­braries, Clerk of the Saratoga Federated Church, and was Pres­i­dent of West Val­ley Col­lege Wives Club, Saratoga Foothill Club, Los Gatos Chap­ter NSDAR, Chap­ter OO. P.O.E. Sis­ter­hood, Santa Clara Rec­i­proc­ity Bu­reau of P.E.O. and Saratoga Federated Church Women’s Aux­il­iary. She was a mem­ber of Saratoga Sis­ter City, AAUW, Mon­talvo Foun­da­tion, Mof­fett Field His­tor­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion, Cir­cle City, Alaska His­tor­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion and the Hakone Gar­den Foun­da­tion.

John re­tained mem­ber­ship in the United States Of­fi­cers Re­serve, even­tu­ally re­tir­ing as a Full Colonel. The sum­mers saw him do­ing duty in var­i­ous mil­i­tary venues from Camp Roberts to the Pen­tagon. The fam­ily of­ten trav­eled with him across and around the United States, vis­it­ing all 48 states, stay­ing at mil­i­tary in­stal­la­tions. It was an ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence for all. Later, when the chil­dren were away at col­lege, John and Amy June en­joyed a 6 month sab­bat­i­cal in Europe thanks to West Val­ley Col­lege where John was a busi­ness in­struc­tor for 25 years and later Head of the Busi­ness Divi­sion. The cou­ple be­came world trav­el­ers.

Af­ter John’s un­timely and un­ex­pected death, Amy June main­tained her in­ter­est in com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties and travel. She con­tin­ued to travel with mem­bers of her fam­ily and the West Val­ley Col­lege busi­ness group. On her 90th birth­day, four gen­er­a­tions gath­ered to cel­e­brate with her at the fam­ily home.

Sur­vivors in­clude son Kirke Cur­rier Jor­gensen (Venita) of River­side, son Locke Cur­rier Jor­gensen of Fre­mont, daugh­ter Rilla Jor­gensen Betz of San Luis Obispo, grand­chil­dren, Erik Jor­gensen (Natalie) of Vi­enna, Aus­tria, Kia Jor­gensen Koch (Adam) of Sacra­mento, Ke­van Betz and Brian Betz (Sarah) of San Luis Obispo and 4 great grand­chil­dren, Lilly Betz, Christo­pher Betz, An­drew Koch and Evan Jor­gensen.

A Pri­vate memo­rial ser­vice has been held, with inurn­ment fol­low­ing at Madro­nia Ceme­tery. Memo­ri­als would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated to Saratoga Foothill Club His­tor­i­cal Land­mark Foun­da­tion, P.O. Box 223, Saratoga, CA. 95070

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