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Palmer resident Jason Andrew Morigeau, 34, died Feb. 4, 2008, at his home.
Jason was born Jan. 4, 1974, in Polson, Mont. Jason moved with his family to Alaska in 1974.
He was raised in Palmer, where he played football, was a state champion discus thrower and runner-up in shot put. He graduated from Palmer High School, class of 1992.
He worked for the Department of Transportation as a highway construction engineering technician. He had worked for the state for nine years.
Jason, or "Mojo" as his friends called him, loved the outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who enjoyed snowmachining and spending time at the cabin in Copper Center. He enjoyed berry picking and hunting for morel mushrooms to garnish the gourmet meals he created. On a frigid February day, he could often be found ice fishing on Lake Louise.
"He had an unbelievable memory for minute details," his family recalled. "His quick wit and clever comebacks were amusing and enduring. Although a man of great stature, he was tender-hearted, thoughtful and generous. He had a special place in his heart for animals, even the scraggly cat he fed on his deck.
"(He was) always clad in Carhartts. Jason was a trendsetter. He was wearing out Carhartts before they became popular."
Jason is survived by his parents, Bob and Donna Morigeau of Palmer; brothers and sister-in-law, Joshua and Jeanne Morigeau of Helena, Mont., and Justin Morigeau of Palmer; niece, Hannah; grandmothers, Jo An Lynn of Polson and Diane "Grandma Turkey" Morigeau of Yakima, Wash.; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and a multitude of friends close enough to be family.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Robert E. Lynn and Ben Morigeau; and grandmother, Harriet Higbie Lynn.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.
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