John Douglas Albert
May 17, 1951 - August 27, 2017
John Douglas Albert, 66 passed away on Sunday August 27, 2017. He was born in Portland, Oregon on May 17, 1951 to John Adrian Albert and Pearl Bartlett. He was raised by his loving mother and stepfather, Pearl and Jim Wakefield. In 1982, he married Claudia Budlong and together they raised three children. John graduated with a B.S. from Lewis and Clark College, where he enjoyed an active role on the speech and debate team. In 1976, he graduated with a J.D. Degree from the University of Oregon College of Law. His legal career first took him to the D.A.'s office in Multnomah County. After positions in Klamath Falls and The Dalles, John took a position with the law firm of Churchill Leonard in 1981. In 1991 the firm Donaldson Albert Tweet Connolly Hanna and Muniz, LLP was founded in Salem. In 1997, John and Steve Tweet formed Albert and Tweet, LLP in Salem. The partnership lasted until Steve Tweet retired in 2014. John then took a position of counsel with the firm of Sherman Sherman Johnnie and Hoyt, LLP. John was a staunch and effective advocate for Oregon grass seed growers. His practice emphasized agricultural and creditors rights issues. In 2011, he helped author a law which added contract protections for those growers. He was a frequent and sought after speaker at Oregon State Bar seminars. He was a meticulous gardener and was particularly fond of his beautiful irises and fuchsias. He loved to fly fish, hike and camp. He was a fanatical Oregon Duck fan. He was a talented marathon runner and was an active Soccer Referee for the SSRA. John was an adventurous cook, and loved to try new recipes. He is survived by his mother, Pearl Wakefield, his wife Claudia Budlong, sons Stephen Albert, James and Kaycie Albert, daughter Jena and Alex Ellison, and granddaughter Payton Grace Ellison. A Memorial service will be held Friday, September 8, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Services, 605 Commercial St. S.E., Salem, Oregon. The family has suggested the Pacific Crest Trail Association, 1331 Garden Hwy., Sacramento, CA. 95833 and Oregon State Parks Foundation, 888 SW 5th Avenue Suite 1600, Portland, Oregon 97204 for memorial contributions. Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.