Posted On May 8th, 2011 -


Jeff James Aurrecoechea left this life on Sunday, April 10, 2011 at his home in Kona on the big island of HI. Jeff was born May 25, 1952.

He was the son of Louis F. and Janet Aurrecoechea; born in San Jose, California. His schooling was at St Martins and Archbishop Mitty High School.

Life was to be lived and we always kidded that his tombstone would say, “I did it my way!”. His life was full of life and adventure. His profession was in the construction field in managing dry wall installations both in Lake Tahoe and on the island of Oahu in HI. He was an avid reader; surfer; cook; kayaker, photographer; the kind of guy who made his home wherever he was.

Jeff met Pam Sullivan late in his life and knew she was the “soul mate” for whom he had been searching. She brought him great love and life in her home state of Alaska and together they fished and smoked fish and other food stuffs and enjoyed the warmth and love of the people of Port Lions, AK.

Recently they traveled to HI, to see his children and close out loose ends there but they ended up staying and enjoying life in their ‘love nest’ at Kailua Kona.,Hi.

Jeff is survived by his loving wife and soul mate Pam Sullivan Aurrecoechea whom he married on February 14, 2011; his two sons, Jesse Makana Aloha Aurrecoechea, Zak Aurrecoechea, a step-daughter Andrea (Mrs. Michael) Aiona-Shapiro, Granddaughter Aliya Shapiro, Mele Aiona Aurrecoechea, the mother of his sons, his sister Julie Polisso Aurrecoechea, his father Louis and step-mother AnnetteAurrecoechea, several nieces, nephews and one great nephew. He was also step-father to Pam’s children Serena, Levi & Summer Suydam and, Stefanie Witbeck. and step-grandfather to their children who called him Poppa Jeff. He was preceded in death by his mother, Janet Aurrecoechea, and sister Linn Aurrecoechea Cole.

At his request, his ashes will be cast at sea in Alaska where his beloved Pam will join him one day.

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