In Memoriam: Jeff Hande (July 3, 1956 – Oct. 29, 2021)

November 2021 Posted in Obituary

Jeff Hande was born in Salem, on July 3, 1956. His parents were John Carleton “Jack” Hande and Donna Mae (Brandt) Hande. Jeff passed away Oct. 29, 2021 at the age of 65.

Jeff was handicapped physically and mentally, but there was no limit to his outgoing, jovial, loving sweet personality. He had limited ability to express himself with words, but when you got to know him, communication was much improved.

He lived in Salem, Brownsville, and Silverton, Oregon. Most of his life he was cared for in institutions. He was resident of Fairview Training Center until it downsized. He was then cared for in a group home for many years by the Catholic Community Services Paragon Program. 

His family loved him dearly, and he participated in many family gatherings. He especially enjoyed his birthdays and Christmas. His care givers really cared about him. He was part of a large extended family.

Jeff is survived by his dad, Jack; his stepmother, Kay; brother, Dan (Debbby); sister, Jan Blair (Stephen); sister-in-law, Jennifer; stepbrothers, Brian, Richard and Larry; stepsisters, Darla and Michelle, and numerous cousins, nephews, nieces and aunts. 

He is preceded in death by his mother, Donna; stepmother, Mary; brothers, Steve and Larry; aunt, Jane; uncle, Larry Barnard, and may other aunts and uncles.

The family wishes to thank the care givers of the Catholic Community Services Paragon program for the sincere caring help given to Jeff and many others. Contributions to the Paragon Program in remembrance of Jeff would be much appreciated.

A graveside memorial service next year in good weather is being planned.

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