Jeff was born on April 26, 1959, in San Diego, Calif. He passed away in Boise, Idaho, on March 4, 2010, from natural causes after struggling with cancer for several months.
Jeff graduated from San Diego State University in 1981 with a degree in economics. After graduating, Jeff began his life's journey to many countries, including Israel, Russia and Canada. After owning and running his import business in Southern California, he decided to leave it and start a new journey into the healing arts. He completed a massage program at the East-West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Ore., but decided not to practice massage. The one thing he felt passionate about was herbal medicine. He attended the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies in Boulder, Colo. His search also led him to Winlaw, B.C., where he further studied herbal medicine.
Jeff's final destination was to Hailey, Idaho. He was employed by Bigwood Nutrition in Hailey and also The Natural Niche in Ketchum from 2007 until he became ill in 2009. Here he helped many people with his herbal knowledge. Customers would come in specifically to see Jeff for his help and expertise. Jeff also worked at The Valley Club as a waitperson and a trainer of new hires and he was a volunteer with Idaho's Bounty food co-op.
Jeff is survived by his friends, colleagues and family. Family members include his father and mother, Sam and Sandra Dimenstein; sisters, Joni Adler and Karen White; and brothers, Avi and Zachary Dimenstein and their spouses and children.
Jeff will be greatly missed in our community and in our hearts. We hope his quest for meaning on this earth has been fulfilled. We love you, Jeff. A gathering to honor Jeff will be held on Friday, March 26. Please call Jay Phipps at 481-0604 or Lori Takahashi at 721-7184 for more information.