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Jeffrey Allen Cox

March 19, 1957 September 7, 2019
Jeffrey Allen Cox
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Obituary for Jeffrey Allen Cox

Jeffery Allen Cox, Age 62, Auburn, Washington.
Died: September 7, 2019 in Kent, Washington, succumbing to cancer.
Born: March 19, 1957 in Spokane, Washington.
Preceded in death by parents: in 2014, Virginia M. (Haag) Cox; and in 2017, Donald J Cox.
Leaves behind: three sisters, Valerie J (Cox) Foster, Paula D (Cox) Roberts, and Pamela J (Cox)Fine; as well as daughter, Shawna Getchell-Valencia and niece, Paige E Stigen.

Jeff graduated high school from Columbia River High in 1975, in Vancouver, Washington,
where he participated in track and cross-country and “lettered” many times in regional and
state competitions. He also played the trumpet and French horn in the school band and jazz
band. Jeff was a talented potter as well, and continued his pottery while attending community
college at Clark College in Vancouver, WA.

Jeff was born with a natural curiosity about science and engineering, for instance, building his
first radio from record player parts around the age of 9! He also loved the outdoors, and would
often go hiking, hunting and fishing with his dad and others.

Jeff developed a life-long mental illness around the age of 17-18, and was diagnosed with
schizophrenia by age 19. This challenging period of his life, prompted his mother, Virginia Cox
to found the Schizophrenic Support Group of Vancouver, for families and their affected loved
ones. This group eventually became the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness
(NAMI) organization. For the last 30 years, Jeffrey lived a stable and independent life in the
Kent/Auburn area,and leaves behind many friends and helpful counselors in that community.
He was loved and will be missed.

Jeffrey will be laid to rest at Auburn’s Mountain View Cemetery (no services). In lieu of flowers,
donations can be made to NAMI (national or local chapters).


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