Jon Gail (1966 – 2017). Memorial Aug 7th. at 10am.

by Master

Jon was not a resident of Charbonneau but a dear, dear friend to many of us here and throughout Wilsonville.

Johnathan ‘Jon’ Charles Gail
Dec. 30, 1966 – July 21, 2017

Johnathan “Jon” Charles Gail of Wilsonville, passed away unexpectedly July 21, 2017, at the age of 50 of a heart attack. He was the beloved husband of Bonnie, and father of Ethan, Owen and Miles.

Jon was born in Hillsboro, Dec. 30, 1966, to Thomas Andrew Gail and Juanita Emma Hall. He grew up in Sherwood and Newberg and attended Central Elementary School, Rene Jr. High and Newberg High School where he acted in various theater productions, played soccer and served as student body president. In college, while studying Urban Planning and Political Science at UC San Diego, Jon met the love of his life, Bonnie Rosen and they were married in San Francisco July 2, 1995.
Jon had a passion for helping people and used his specialty in urban planning to focus on housing. He worked for Oregon Housing and Community Services in Salem, was a housing specialist at Portland Development Commission and was the Community Relations Coordinator for the City of Wilsonville. He started his own web-based business called to help first-time home buyers navigate the steps involved in purchasing a home.

Jon loved spending time with his family and friends. He had a special light that drew people in, he made friends everywhere with his easy-going manner, great sense of humor and genuine kindness. Soccer was his true passion, he regularly attended Portland Timbers games where he was a member of the Axe Society, coached all three sons’ soccer teams, and played in adult league games. Further passions included skiing, fly fishing, hiking, community service and traveling. He loved his cabin in Marion Forks where so many special times were spent with the people he loved.

Jon is survived and will be greatly missed by his wife, Bonnie; his three children, Ethan, Owen and Miles; his father, Tom Gail and wife Anne Gail; his mother, Juanita Hall and husband Ross Hall; his brothers, Barnes P. Gail, G. Harvey Gail (Mary Louise), Andrew T. Gail (Erin) and Peter Gail (Ellie); step sister, Annabel Toren; step brother, Nick Toren; in-laws, Melvin and Ellen Rosen; and many nieces and nephews.

A service to remember Jon’s extraordinary life will take place at 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, at Wilsonville Memorial Park, River Shelter, located at 8100 S.W. Wilsonville Rd. in Wilsonville, OR.
In lieu of flowers, to honor Jon’s passion for helping families find affordable housing, donations may be made in Jon’s name to Habitat for Humanity of Oregon at P.O. Box 11452 Portland, OR 97211. In addition, the family has set up a fund for Jon’s sons at Bank of America.

A special thank you to the City of Wilsonville for their support and to the Portland Timbers for bringing so much fun into Jon’s life and the lives of soccer fans everywhere.

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Published in The Oregonian from July 28 to July 30, 2017  –


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