Julian 'Joe' Altig
Julian "Joe" Altig passed away peacefully on the morning of Friday January 21, 2022, in Medford, Oregon at the age of 71. He was born on March 11, 1950 in Torreon, Mexico to Lucia and Julian Rincon Rodriguez.Julian was a world traveler, an amazing communicator, a talented baseball player, and a friend to many. His life took him in many directions, from his early days in Mexico, to his days in Prineville playing baseball with his friends, to his career in the U.S. Navy, where his multilingual gift worked to benefit our country through his time in the cryptologist community.
He loved laughter, his deep faith, his music, his Mexican heritage, his animals, helping others and giving to those in need, and he had an insatiable desire to learn more. Always more.He was blessed to have many people in his life who loved him, including his loving mother, Lucia, and father, Duane, and siblings, Luis, Juanita, Dean, Duane, and Lucia.He shared a love of life and family with some amazing women in Gloria, Renata and Patty. He was a father to Juliane, Carlos, and Todd, as well as a grandfather to Arika, Alec, Drew, Channel , Alexandria, and Ruby.His military career took him to Florida, Scotland, Panama, Puerto Rico, San Diego, Korea, The Phillipines, Japan, Thailand, and Singapore, just to name a few. He served on the USS Midway, USS Virginia, USS Turner, USS Maddox and USS Long Beach. He was fluent in English, Spanish, and Korean and proficient in Japanese and Russian. His final rank with the U.S. Navy was Cryptologic (Interpretive) Petty Officer First Class.He was preceded in death by his mother, Lucia Altig; grandmother, Paula Castro; and brother-in-law, Bob Valder.He is survived by his father, Duane Altig of Portland, Oregon; daughter, Juliane (Jim) Reed of Prineville; sons, Carlos (Karen) Altig, currently serving in the U.S. Navy, and Todd (Megan) Kjelden of Camas, Washington; sisters, Juanita Valder and Lucia (Epi) Jimenez; brothers, Luis (Sally) Altig, Duane (Michelle) Altig, and Dean (Kim) Altig, all of Portland, Oregon; five grandchildren, Arika (Jared) Dixon, Alec and Drew Kjelden, Channel and Alexandria Altig; and one great-granddaughter, Ruby Dixon.
He is also loved and missed by a large family of nieces, nephews and cousins--not only in Oregon but also Texas and Mexico; former classmates; and his loving companion, Curry, his golden retriever.
A Catholic Burial Mass and a Military Honors and Interment at Willamette National Cemetery were held Monday, January 31, 2022, in Portland, Oregon.
Arrangements are by Conger-Morris, Medford, Oregon.Donations in Julian's memory can be made to the Humane Society of Oregon at 1067 NE Columbia Blvd, Portland, OR 97211.