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In Memoriam: Jacob Rasmussen

It is with deep sorrow that we announce that Jacob Rasmussen passed away June 21, 2021, after a difficult battle with cancer.

Jake graduated from The University of the Pacific – McGeorge School of Law. Before joining Smith Freed Eberhard, Jake worked for a leading regional workers compensation defense firm representing self-insured employers. Prior to relocating to Oregon, Jake was an associate at a California firm specializing in mortgage law.

Jake was with SFE for five years as a senior attorney defending personal and commercial injury matters. Jake grew his skill set immensely over the past five years and was a valued team member, friend, and mentor.

Jake was an avid traveler, reader, and skier – he especially loved Spain and Ernest Hemingway. Jake participated in two half marathons and was a member of the firm’s Hood to Coast team. Jake loved attending firm happy hours and holiday parties – he jumped at any opportunity to socialize with the team. He was always excited to raft at the attorney retreats and didn’t shy away from “riding the bull” while raging down the Deschutes River. Jake enjoyed giving back to his community and felt it was a duty of his to do so. He participated in the annual Habitat for Humanity event run by one of SFE’s clients.

When he first became a father, Jake explained how different his life was – he got very little sleep and had to think about every danger within his house. In the same breath, Jake exclaimed how excited he was to be a father and see his little girl grow up. He called Aven his greatest accomplishment along with marrying his beautiful wife, Kerry.

Jake is survived by his wife, Kerry and daughter, Aven.

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