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Jeffrey A Perkins

February 19, 1953 - November 25, 2019

Jeffrey A Perkins     Our beloved husband, father and friend, Jeff Perkins of Salem, OR passed away on November 25th, 2019 after a long battle with prostate cancer.  Jeff was 66 when he passed away.  Jeff was born in Salem, OR to Walter and Berdene Perkins. Jeff served in the Navy after graduating from High School and returned to Salem to settle down.  Jeff married his love, Connie, on November 19th 1977 and they just celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary. Jeff graduated from Oregon State University while having 3 young children at home and working a full-time job. Jeff worked as a mechanic for the City of Salem for over 25 years retiring in 2015.  Jeff was very active with his family; he coached little league baseball, basketball and followed his kids all over the country to watch them compete in athletics. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and traveling with family.
     He is preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Berdene Perkins, his sisters: Virginia Reinhard and Barbara O’Hara.
     Jeff is survived by his wife of 42 years, Connie, his three sons: Justin (Marlene), Cory (Stephanie) and Brandon (Tina) and his 4 grandchildren: Autumn (Justin), Maliya (Brandon), Mason (Brandon) and Oliver (Brandon).
     Jeff will be dearly missed by his family and friends.  A celebration of his life will be 1:30pm Saturday, December 14, 2019 at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service (605 Commercial St. SE) in Salem.

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Our sympathy  thoughts and prayers, he was a good friend. Chuck and Carol Dutoit 

I am SO very sorry for your loss!  Life surely gives us mountains to endure and I'll never understand the hardships.  I am Larry's Mom (Phyllis) and I know he is heartbroken over losing Jeff.  Know I am thinking of all of you.

Justin, Marlene and Autumn, May you find peace and comfort in the many memories you have shared with your father, father-in-law (to be) and precious grandfather. Our love and prayers,

I will always remember my Uncle Jeff in his jean overalls and his handle bar moustache. One of my favorite memory of ours is when he rolled up in his blue El Camino, Aunt Connie in the passenger seat and black lab in the back. Those were the days when kids like myself had the freedom of sitting in the bed of a vehicle and enjoyed it.

So sorry for your loss Perkins family. Rest in peace, coach.

I first met Jeff when he first visited the U.K. with Connie. It was lovely to meet them both. We had an instant rapore as they were both so easy to get along with. I have very happy memories of our fun time together. So glad that we had the opportunity to meet. Much love & prayers to all the family. Gill.

It was an honor to know Jeff and serve with him in the Navy. Jeff regularly attended our annual reunions and will be missed. Fair winds and following seas Jeff!

My best wishes to he entire family. SO Sorry for your loss. PRayers and God Bless your cousin Suzanne Covington

Sorry for your loss! Jeff was a great Guy and will be missed but,never forgotten. Keeping all of you in our Prayers! Gary & Tricia Galenbeck

So many fond memories while traveling with Jeff and Connie for WOU Football games...I am so very sorry for your loss. I know i will cherish the laughs we had with him. Sending you all of our love!

A friend to everyone.

Our deepest condolences,  we are truly saddened.  Sending hugs and prayers.  Love Mike and Starr Boyle 

Our sincere condolences to the Perkins family. May God Bless each one of you. You'll always be in our prayers. Francisco & Yolanda Tavera

We met Jeff & cousin Connie during their all too brief trip to England in 2016 and showed them a little of our country, including a visit to the birthplace of Connie's ancestors. Jeff was full of questions, anxious to learn all he could about life in England and in return he related to us his most interesting and active life story. We will always have happy memories of the time shared with them. We consider ourselves fortunate to have known Jeff and share in your deep sadness at his passing.

I was saddened to read about Jeff.  My sister, Kathy, happened upon his obituary by chance. Jeff's house and mine were directly across the street from each other and were two of the first houses built in what was previously a filbert orchard just off of Lancaster Dr. in Salem.
Though my memory of those years are sketchy, the timeline would suggest that Jeff and I first met when he was around 4 years old and I was around 7. We grew up in the same neighborhood together and did what most neighbor kids did; from playing softball in a vacant lot at the end of Judy Ave., to playing basketball in my driveway, sometimes into the night under lights, probably to the consternation of our other neighbors.
After some college and serving in the Navy myself, I moved to Bend in 1975 and lost touch with Jeff  though my parents still lived in the Judy Ave. house well into the 1980's.
One other thing I would like to mention: When Jeff's father, Walt, passed away, Jeff's mother, Berdene, gave me Walt's left handed bowling ball as I too am left handed. I still have the ball and on those rare occasions when I go bowling I use Walt's ball. The reason I bring this up is that I would be more than willing to return Walt's bowling ball to any of his children or grandchildren who might want it. At my age, I would be wise to probably switch to a lighter ball anyway. If interested, you can contact me at
Once again, my condolences to the Perkins family. Jeff was a good friend growing up.

The whole Corgan family sad to hear of Jeff's too early passing.  Good memories and gratitude of him as coach, friend, and that smile in the neighborhood you were always pleased to be greeted by. God's comfort to Connie and boys.

RIP old friend may the good Lord meet you with a glove in one hand and a key to a vintage Harley in the other. The laughs we had coaching together are forever engrained. Much love from the Haak family

Connie and family,
Dan and I were very saddened to hear of Jeff's passing. He was a good neighbor and was always warm and easy to talk to. He will be missed dearly.
Dan and Nancy Alt

to the Perkin family.  So sorry to learn of his death.  Jeff and I were friends for a very long time. And I truly will miss that friendship.  His Friend. Frank

God Speed Pal, I’ll miss you at at hunting camp.. I enjoyed our past five years. 
thanks for being my friend and partner in the field.
Dave Layton

I had a feeling Jeff passed away, no response from previous text. We served on the USS Independence. I knew his health wasn't good, Sorry for your loss.