Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Jon Bruce Anderson

Jon Bruce Anderson, 55, of Bellevue, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at his home in Bellevue.

He was born Sept. 14, 1956, to Theodore C. Anderson and Florence Gunn Anderson in Pocatello, Idaho, the fourth of seven children. He attended schools in Pocatello and Boise, and graduated from Borah High School in 1974.  Following graduation, Jon moved to Salt Lake City and then later to Sacramento where he worked in the carpentry trade. Jon moved to Bellevue in the late 1990s where he met the love of his life, Linda Vaughan. They were married in Bellevue on Sept. 21, 2008. Jon became mayor of Bellevue in 2005, serving the city he loved until 2010. He served the community with all his heart.

Jon and Linda spent many happy years together, camping and fishing, sharing backyard barbecues with family and friends, taking road trips and just laughing, sharing life and enjoying each other's company. Jon continued to care for Linda at their home through her trials with multiple sclerosis.

Jon was proud of his Swedish and Native American heritage, and of his Idaho roots. He saw the good in everyone, and sought to lift and encourage all those he knew. He had a deep and abiding love for the natural world, and a poet's gift for describing the beauty that he beheld and experienced every day. Jon loved animals, and he and Linda always had pets at home throughout their life together.

Jon took to climbing the mountains and ridges in and around Bellevue, and enjoyed sharing those experiences—and describing the views—with Linda, and family and friends.

Jon was affectionate, intelligent, spiritual, kind and generous. He loved his family, and leaves behind a legacy of devotion to them, and to his community.

Jon is survived by his parents; siblings, Mimi Murphy, David Anderson, Charles Anderson, April Chizum, Gunnar Anderson and Julie Anderson; six cousins; son, Nathan Seedal; and his canine companion and daily walking partner, Misha.

A memorial of Jon's life will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday. Feb. 19, at Bellevue Elementary School.

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