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Joe Krumm, the executive director of community and government relations at North Clackamas School District and former editor of the Clackamas Review, died Sept. 28.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Colleen Murray and her husband, Joe Krumm, at the Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio, home of the Cincinnati Reds.Krumm, 61, acted as a liaison between the school district, local and state government and the North Clackamas Joe Krummcommunity, but he will be remembered as much more than a spokesman or advocate for schools. He had a love for local schools and a passion for doing everything he could to make sure they were doing the best they could for students.

A drummer in his spare time, Krumm collapsed after performing a set on Wednesday night at the Ash Street Saloon in Portland. The Milwaukie resident had coronary artery disease that required a bypass several years ago.

“Immediately prior to his death, Joe was at a music event performing — something he loved,” said NCSD Superintendent Matt Utterback. “For nearly 30 years, Joe has been a support to not only our school district, but to the broader community as well. I grieve at the passing of this tremendous man but also for the loss his family and his colleagues suffer. You didn't need to be with Joe for more than a minute to know his deep love for his family, his music and his community.”

Krumm’s previous positions included being a a city bus driver, a soccer coach/referee and a custodian. He studied HR management at George Fox University and journalism at Skyline College.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Jennifer Krumm and her brother, Joe Krumm.In 1984, Krumm started at the Clackamas County Review as a reporter, darkroom technician and photographer, eventually working his way up to the position of editor/co-publisher. Pamplin Media employee Rick Fryback, who was co-publisher of the SUBMITTED PHOTO - Joe Krumm was a supporter of the Clackamas Bookshelf, a nonprofit organization with a mission to make sure every child in Clackamas County has his or her own books to read.Clackamas Review with Krumm, remembered how Ben Schellenberg, the former NCSD superintendent, came to Fryback asking to recruit Krumm for a government/media relations position at NCSD.

“I said, ‘Ben, you couldn’t find a better man, and he’s going to do a great job for you,’” Fryback said. “Joe was one of the finest men I have ever met.”

Krumm is credited with the successful public relations strategy behind bond measures in 1998 and 2006 for building and improving schools across North Clackamas. As one of only approximately 300 in schools to receive accreditation in public relations, Krumm was president of the National School Public Relations Association during the 2012-2013 term. He and his staff received the Gold Medallion award, the highest honor available to school public relations practitioners.

“The essence of social media is knowing your audiences and engaging them in something they love,” Krumm told the Oregon School Public Relations Association earlier this year.

As he stepped off of the board of the Regional Arts & Culture Council last week, Krumm nominated State Rep. Lew Frederick for the RACC Board.

“He was determined to make public relations a valid, no-spin approach to getting information to people who were interested in the schools,” Frederick said. “He really held that community together in ways that are going to be difficult to replicate. It is an incredibly deep blow to my psyche and my life. I can’t believe that he’s not going to be around to joke with and hear play his drums.”

Laura Edmonds, president/CEO of the North Clackamas Chamber, noted that Krumm had been engaged with the chamber for many years, including as the former chair of the Chamber Board and on its Candidate Endorsement Committee. He was named Chamber Volunteer of the Year for helping the chamber’s Leadership Clackamas County program and Youth Leadership Project.

“He was an amazing person, and when you met him, you knew you had just met one of the kindest and generous men you will ever know,” Edmonds said.

Krumm served in numerous volunteer positions, including with local Rotary clubs. He was named Citizen of the Year by the Milwaukie Lions Club.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Joe Krumm enjoyed playing drums in his free time.Krumm was a regular presenter at seminars, classes and conferences on subjects, including media relations, lobbying, beating burnout, crisis communications and the value of school communications to better serve students. He was a trained facilitator for the Center for Educational Equity, where he coached hundreds of people in equity work.

Deb Barnes, a broadcasting teacher at the Sabin-Schellenberg Professional Technical Center and former president of the North Clackamas Education Association, said, “He loved public education. He loved his wife and sons. He loved promoting opportunities for all of our students.”

Krumm leaves behind his loving wife of 32 years, Colleen Murray, and his two sons, Martin and Patrick. An avid baseball fan, Krumm was fondest of the San Francisco Giants, as a graduate of Junípero Serra High School in Gardena, California.

This past summer Krumm and Murray completed their dream vacation of traveling across the country to watch games at multiple Major League Baseball stadiums.

“I’m overwhelmed by the outpouring of affection for how they saw Joe and I appreciate it very much, because that’s exactly how I saw Joe,” Murray said.

Krumm’s memorial service will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23, at Rex Putnam High School, 4950 S.E. Roethe Road, Oak Grove.

Donations in his memory can be made to the North Clackamas Education Foundation, 6031 S.E. King Road, Milwaukie OR 97222 or online at http://www.nc-foundation.org/support_donate.html .

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Peake Funeral Chapel in Milwaukie is handling the arrangements.

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