Nov. 11, 1953 — Oct. 21, 2018
Born Nov. 11, 1953, in Portland, Oregon, Jeffery Thomas Gallinger attended Holy Family Grade School in southeast Portland, where he skipped fifth grade. He attended De La Salle North Catholic High School and graduated in 1971, at the age of 17.
After high school, he started with Simson Concrete and then worked for Pepsi Bottling Co. for six years. From that point, he went wherever his work took him, from branding cattle in Montana, to selling mattresses in Alaska, to building a log cabin in Washington state from lumber felled on the property, to helping friends and family with various building projects and odd jobs.
In the late 1990s, he moved to Seaside to help build the new Safeway. He got to know many people in town through the bingo program — both playing and calling — at Our Lady of Victory, where he was also a cook for the church’s Sunday supper program. That led to Jeff cooking for the American Legion, as well.
Jeff’s interests included gardening, eventually becoming an expert on cultivating orchids. He was an excellent cook, always trying new recipes, and an avid reader. He loved fishing from the time he was 7 — whether it was on the Deschutes River or in the Pacific Ocean — and crabbing and clamming at the Seaside coast.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Rosemary Gallinger; his brothers, Paul and Mark Gallinger; and his son, Riley Gallinger-Long. He is survived by his sons, Zack and Wyatt Gallinger-Long; his grandsons, Christopher and Alexander Gallinger-Long; his siblings, Jay Gallinger, Margorie Keene, Mary Gallinger, Bridget Abbott, Blaze Gallinger, Barbara Pearson and John Gallinger; and a large circle of friends in Seaside.
He will be buried on his best friend’s family property overlooking the Columbia River.