OBITUARY: Joel Makelin Florenzen

Joel Makelin Florenzen

May 8, 1937 - December 17, 2020

Joel Makelin Florenzen, 83, passed away peacefully at his home in Hermiston, Oregon, on Dec. 17. He was with his loving wife of 56 years, Patricia “Trish” Florenzen, daughters Heidi Florenzen, Jennifer (Florenzen) Gilbert, and son-in-law Jonathon “Jon” Gilbert. 

Joel was born May 8, 1937, in Fort Bragg, California to parents Manuel Florenzen and Josephine “Josie” (Gollnick) Florenzen. He was later joined by siblings Sharon Rhea and Darryl Dean. 

He grew up in Fort Bragg, California, and graduated from Fort Bragg Unified High School in 1955. He worked at the lumber mill with his Dad during summers and after high school saving money for college.  

Joel enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in . . .