April 2, 2013

In Memory of Jacob Valdiviezo

PORTLAND, Ore. – On March 30, the Lewis & Clark community lost one of its own, in Jacob Valdiviezo, due to a senseless act of violence. Jacob was a sophomore from San Francisco who was interested in pursuing a degree in economics.

A wide receiver on the Pioneer football team, Jacob was home visiting family for spring break when he lost his life. Jacob will forever be remembered by all as a great friend and leader. Our hearts go out to the Valdiviezo family as well as Jacob's friends, teammates and classmates. 

"Our community is shaken but we will come together to remember and celebrate Jacob’s life and his impact on ours. Our hearts go out to the entire Valdiviezo family; no words can describe losing a child,” said Athletics Director Clark Yeager. 

Those in need of personal support are encouraged to reach out to their personal support network or the Lewis & Clark Counseling Center at 503-768-7160. Additionally, please know that Mark Duntley, our Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life (duntley@lclark.edu503-768-7082), and Valerie White, our Ombudsperson (valeriew@lclark.edu503-768-7336), are available for counsel. The College also has an after-hours counseling service available at 503-265-7804.

“The team and College will miss Jacob dearly. He made his mark on L&C in such a short amount of time,” said Head Football Coach Chris Sulages. “Jacob lit up a room when he came in, his smile and infectious positivity were amazing. He was able to talk and communicate with people effortlessly.”

As the team prepares for the 2013 season, Sulages points out that Jacob’s all-around leadership will be deeply missed. “He was one of our emotional leaders on the team; always high energy not just during games but in practice, the weight room, class, the cafeteria, etc. He had something special that you can’t replace.”

"Jacob was a very hard worker.  His improvements on the field and his development as a young adult while here at Lewis & Clark are something to be proud of," added Offensive Coordinator Phil Magbanua. "One thing that did not change was his irreproachable character. He was a good person; he treated people with respect."

"Jacob was selfless and always put other people first. He got along with everyone he came into contact with and it showed in his friendships that spanned across many different types of people on campus. He will be particularly missed by, Patrick Sinnott, a person of special needs that works on campus who took a liking to Jacob. We will all miss him," said Magbanua. 

Lewis & Clark will host a celebration of Jacob’s life later in the semester. Those interested in helping plan the event are asked to contact Mark Duntley. 

A Facebook page called “Remembering Jacob Valdiviezo” has been created “to remember and commemorate the life of Jacob Valdiviezo.” People are encouraged to share what they would like about Jacob (stories, pictures, etc.).

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