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Jere D. Patzer, November 24, 1946 – October 26, 2008

October 27, 2008 – [Ridgefield, WA] – With deep sadness we share the news that Jere D. Patzer, North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) president since 1996, passed away late Sunday evening, October 26, after a long battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He was 61.

While Jere had been challenged in recent days by increasing side effects of his chemotherapy treatment, he felt considerably weaker on Sunday morning and was taken to the hospital for hydration. Doctors there discovered an infection developing in his lungs and began immediate and aggressive treatment. Partially because of Jere’s compromised immune system due to recent chemotherapy, medical personnel were unable to stem the infection. Jere fell asleep in Jesus surrounded by loved ones.

Born in Bozeman, Montana, November 24, 1946, Jere Patzer graduated from Atlantic Union College in 1969 with degrees in Business Administration and Religion. He pastored in the New York and Pennsylvania conferences before moving into conference leadership, directing youth ministries for the Pennsylvania, Oregon and North Pacific Union Conferences. In 1982 he moved to the Upper Columbia Conference headquartered in Spokane, Wash., serving as executive secretary for three years. He was elected president of that conference in 1985, a position he held until 1996, when he accepted the presidency of the North Pacific Union, the Northwest headquarters within North America for the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

As president of the North Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Patzer was responsible for providing overall administrative vision, direction and leadership to the ministry activities and programs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church throughout the Northwest. He also represented the North Pacific Union Conference to the North American Division and world organization of the church.

Patzer was an "inspiring leader" whose "words and actions were the same," said Don C. Schneider, president for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America. "He told people that they ought to tell people about Jesus, and then he led by example."


Patzer was a member of Adventist Health’s Board since1986. During that time he served as vice-chair for 11 years and assumed chairman responsibilities in January 2008. In addition, he served on the governing board at Walla Walla General Hospital for 13 years. He authored four books published by the Pacific Press. He was well known throughout the world for his commitment to evangelism, personally conducting major series on nearly every major continent.

“We were deeply saddened to hear the news of Jere’s passing,” said Robert G. Carmen, president and CEO of Adventist Health. “Jere served on our Board of Directors for more than two decades. As vice chair and board chairman, he brought tremendous leadership to Adventist Health and a commitment and dedication to our mission that will be missed. We extend our deepest sympathies and many prayers to Jere’s family during this difficult time.”


Jere is survived by his wife, Sue, who serves as the NPUC director of women’s ministries; son, Darin, manager of KEEH radio in Spokane; son, Troy, principal of Upper Columbia Academy in Spangle, Wash. principal; daughter, Carissa, of Boise, Idaho; and father, Arthur, of College Place, Wash.

Memorial Service
Arrangements have been made for a public memorial service celebrating the life and ministry of Dr. Jere Patzer, who passed away late Sunday evening.

The service will be held Saturday, November 15, at 3:00 p.m. in the
Meadow Glade Seventh-day Adventist Church
11001 NE 189th Street
Battle Ground, WA  98604


The family will hold their own private interment service at Mt. Hope Cemetery in College Place, Wash. well before the memorial.

Condolences, Donations
The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to either Maranatha’s One-Day Church Project or International Children’s Care.

Send donations in care of:
North Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
5709 N. 20th Street
Ridgefield, WA  98642

Cards and messages of condolence should be sent to the Patzer family in care of:
Cindy Stewart
North Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
5709 N. 20th Street
Ridgefield, WA  98642
or via email:
cindy.stewart@nw.npuc.org 

Additional information is available at the NPUC web site, www.npuc.org

Sources: North Pacific Union Conference, Adventist Health, and Adventist News Network
North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists
12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD 20904-6600 USA
Telephone: 301-680-6400
Fax: 301-680-6464
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