Julie Ann Sutton
January 7, 1965 - November 1, 2020
Julie lost her year-long battle with a rare form of cancer early Sunday morning, leaving us far too soon. She was born on January 7, 1965 in San Diego, California. Upon graduating cum laude from San Diego State University in 1988 with a psychology major, she was selected as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Julie earned a Master’s Degree from Claremont McKenna College while working towards a doctoral degree.
Growing up with a crush on Indiana Jones, she found the real life version in her husband Mike Rickson. Her life truly began in 1996 when she fell in love with Mike and moved to Oregon. Together, they turned acres of brambles in Lyons, Oregon into a beautiful ranch with horses, goats, dogs, cats and lots of gardens and fruit trees. She loved nature and enjoyed horseback riding and mountain backpacking with Mike and her dogs.
Julie found her dream job working as Strategic Criminal Analyst for the Oregon Department of Justice, where she could apply her brilliant creative mind and skillful writing to produce analysis and reporting on drug trafficking law enforcement efforts. She was recognized among her peers for her insightful and thorough analysis and her keen editing skills.
Julie was humble and caring, always letting the light of others shine brighter than her own. Even as she was succumbing to cancer, she would softly greet visitors by first asking how they were doing. She fought cancer until the very end, intent on beating it. She did so with grace and patience.
Most of all, Julie was a devoted wife, daughter and sister. She is survived by her husband Mike Rickson, her father and mother Larry and Jennie Sutton, her brother Randall Sutton, and by a large extended family who admired her and loved her deeply. We will miss her fun-loving spirit, her giving heart, and her uncontrollable giggles when something or someone tickled her just right. A celebration of her wonderful life is planned for later in the Fall.
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