Jefferson Peter Grogan
Sep 7, 1952 – Aug 23, 2017
Jefferson Peter Grogan of Des Moines, WA went home to be with Lord on Wednesday, August 23, 2017.
Jefferson Peter Grogan was born September 7, 1952, in Birmingham, England, to James and Mary (Fogarty) Grogan. He was raised in Birmingham before emigrating with the Grogan family to the U.S. in 1969. In 1972 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany. Jeff returned to the U.S. in 1975 and made his home in the Auburn area. He graduated from Pacific School of Theology in Seattle, WA, with a Bachelor of Theology degree. In 1986, he married Karla Opland in Des Moines, WA, where they made their home until Karla passed away in 2013. Jeff was a well respected, loyal employee of Highline Community College where he worked as an accountant for almost 20 years.
Jeff was a devoted Christian who had a positive effect on many lives with his sincerity, humor, and knowledge of the Bible. In the years following his wife's death, he spent much of his free time studying the scriptures, making new acquaintances, and helping others learn about the Christian life. Jeff was very knowledgeable about computers, enjoyed a good topic to research, and loved riding his motorcycle in the mountains.
Jeff will be missed dearly by his surviving family: Barbara (Ken) Drewry, Matthew; Judith (Dwayne) Lovejoy, Cecelia; Josephine (Allen) Cary; Patricia (Skot) Tinsley, Liam, Niamh. Karla's family: Catherine Opland; Rose Opland; Lorene (Jeff) Yurak; Reed Opland. Numerous nieces and nephews in Washington and North Dakota.
Jeff was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Karla, and their puppy, Winston; parents, James William Grogan and Mary Patricia (Fogarty) Grogan; father-in-law, Walter Opland; sister-in-law, Michelle Opland; and grand nephew, Gabriel Hanson.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial gift to True Family Women's Cancer Center, Swedish Medical Center, Seattle. Swedishfoundation.org
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