To the Journal editor:
Attorney Richard J. Jason passed recently on Sept. 29, 2012 at the age of 87. His was a life well-lived, not only for his children and grandchildren who will always miss him, but also for the church, community and the profession he so well served.
Having grown up in a Polish family in the Detroit area, Richard and his younger brother Raymond both made the law their careers. Both excelled. Raymond Jason, who predeceased Richard, served as a Marquette County Circuit Judge. Richard started his legal career serving the poor as a legal aid attorney in the U.P. Richard then entered private practice in the U.P. with several other well-known U.P. attorneys, including Tom Casselman, Nino Green, his brother Raymond, his son Rick and others.
Richard will be remembered for his kindness, good humor, extensive public service, church commitment and devotion to his wife Myrtle, who predeceased, their children, Rick and Barbara and grandchildren.
Not only did Richard attend mass almost daily at St. Peter's Cathedral, he helped to lead the local Knights of Columbus and was an officer or Board Member of the U.P. Substance Abuse Services Agency, Marquette Board of Light & Power, and St. Vincent de Paul (Marquette).
People complain about attorneys, but we all should be mindful of attorneys like Richard J. Jason who are an honor to the profession, a model citizen and a great family man.
Robert C. Anderson
President, Marquette County