Jean Elizabeth (Cave) Haldorson
Jean Elizabeth (Cave) Haldorson lost her 2+ year battle with pancreatic cancer on May 22, 2019 in King City, Oregon. Jean was born July 10, 1931 in Heppner, Oregon. She was the first born of Eldon Wayne "Harry" Cave and Zira Lucille (Merrill) Cave and was followed shortly by brother, Terry.
Jean attended grade school in Monument and Pendleton Oregon, graduating from Eugene High School in 1949. She then attended the University of Oregon. During that time she met her future husband, Leland, got engaged, and married him on May 18, 1952 in Eugene following his return from US Army boot camp prior to being stationed in West Germany.
After several years of marriage, Jean and Leland adopted son Kent in December of 1960. They then had two children, a daughter Linda and son Gary.
A job transfer for Leland took the family to Tigard in 1970. In 1979, after raising her children, Jean took a secretarial position at Tigard High School that eventually worked up to the position of head secretary to the Principal. It was during this time that she and Leland began attending as many football and basketball games and track meets as "humanly possible", eventually being described as "Tigard High School's #1 Fans".
Twenty years and five principals later, Jean retired and almost immediately began volunteering at Legacy Meridian Park Hospital's Community Health Information Center. During her time there she served in several positions on the Auxiliary Board and in the Volunteer Office and the Senior Center, in addition to other special events and projects. Because of her dedication to the hospital as a volunteer and her support of the Foundation, Jean was presented the prestigious "Treasure of Meridian Park Award" in 2009. She retired from her "second job" in 2017.
Jean was active in the Beta Beta chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an "International Society for Key Women Educators" where she was involved in fundraising and scholarships. For decades she was an active member of Metzger United Methodist Church until it was consolidated into Tigard United Methodist Church, eventually making her way to West Portland United Methodist Church.
A memorial service will be held at West Portland United Methodist Church at 2:00 pm on Saturday, July 13, 2019 . She will be missed for her steady and consistent dedication to her work and volunteer activities, calligraphy, her pie making and her peanut brittle gifts. She is preceded in death by her husband Leland (2018 – also of cancer); and is survived by her three children; two grandchildren; and two greatgrandchildren.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the American Cancer Society or Providence Hospice.