Joel Aaron Bierman, 34, a former Baker City resident, died May 11, 2001, at his home in Portland.
There will be a memorial service for him at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 2177 First St. There also will be a gathering of his friends and family at his favorite beach in La Jolla, Calif., in early June.
After graduating from Helix High School at La Mesa, Calif., in 1985, Mr. Bierman traveled in Europe and upon his return moved to San Francisco, where he worked as a professional waiter. In 1993, he moved to Baker City, and then to Portland in 1996.
He will be remembered in part for his love of his amphibious pets, ocean swimming, keeping aquariums, photography, cross-country skiing, bicycling, classical music, his dog Jack, film, travel and Elizabeth Taylor. He had a keen eye for people-watching, was a great cook and had a unique, unforgettable sense of humor. He will be dearly missed by a large extended family.
Survivors include his parents, Lynda Renee and Arthur F. Horvath of Baker City and John A. Campbell IV of Eagle Point; his sister and brother-in-law, Jennifer and Patrick MacCrone of Bend and his niece, Georgia Rose; his grandparents, Flora and Stanley Forqueran of San Diego; his favorite cousins, Carlos Franco, Jared Grogan and Evie Franco-Birmingham of San Diego; two uncles, John Davis of Englewood, Colo., and Robert Graham of Pinetop, Ariz.; an aunt, Susan Grogan of San Diego; his wife, Mary Jo DeGuiseppi of Portland; and many loving friends in Baker City, Portland and San Diego.
Memorial contributions may be made to CASA, 2100 Main St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, May 18, 2001
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor