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Jean Leon Jauregui Erramouspe

Jean Leon Jauregui Erramouspe
El bankarra Leon Jauregui ha fallecido a los 91 en Wyoming

05/09/2022 - Rock Springs, Wyoming, EEUU

Nacido en la localidad bajonavarra de Banka en 1931 y emigrado a Wyoming —lugar en el que ya su padre y tçio habían sido pastores— en 1952, Leon Jáuregui ha fallecido a los 91 años. Su mujer Josie murió el 7 de julio de 2020. Josephine 'Josie' (Carricaburu) Jauregui había nacido en Rock Springs, Wyoming, hija de Gaston y Mary (Larre) Carricaburu. Se casaron el 19 de agosto de 1961.

Al igual que su esposa Josie, Leon era una persona encantadora, muy conocida y querida en todo su entorno, incluida la comunidad vasca de todo el país. Eran depositarios y patriarcas de la historia vasca del Oeste, aitatxi-amatxi o muy buenos amigos para muchos. Eran como un roble de sólidas raíces, firmemente asentadas en la tierra y fuente de nuevas hojas y frutos nuevos. Euskaldun fededun, eran una referencia inolvidable, que seguirá siéndolo en los corazones de sus descendientes, tanto familia como amigos.

Doluminak, sentidas condolencias a su hija Christine, hijo Mike, nietos, familia y muchos amigos.

Esta es su nota necrológica en ingles:

Jean Leon Jauregui, 91 years old, passed away peacefully at Parker Adventist Hospital in Parker, Colorado on September 5, 2022, after a brief illness. Leon had been living in Aurora, Colorado, near his daughter, for the past four years.

The last of the Basque immigrant sheepherders to Wyoming, Leon made his life in the desert of southwest Wyoming and the mountains near Geneva, Idaho and Cokeville, Wyoming. An era has truly ended with his passing. A man of strength, fortitude, humor, deep love and laughter, he has left his family on earth to join his people again. He was always anxious to return to his home in the Basque Country of France to be in the beautiful Pyrenees mountains, once again reunited with his family and love of his place of birth.

Leon was born on February 20, 1931, in Banca, France, a small, quaint hamlet surrounded on three sides by Spain. He was the only son in a family of six. He was nurtured and adored by his five sisters and truly came from the kindest, most gentle family. After serving two years of mandatory service in the French military, he decided to emigrate to the United States in 1952, to join his uncle and aunt on the Midland Ranch in southwest Wyoming. Leon spent many years with the Arambel family on the Midland Ranch. He met his wife, Josephine Carricaburu in Wyoming and the two were wed on August 19, 1961. Josie s parents had emigrated to the United States from the same area of Iparralde the French Basque Country. Leon worked as a livestock foreman for Magagna Brothers Livestock and then in Twin Falls, Idaho for the Jack Thomas family. After a few years, Leon and Josie decided to join Josie s parents on their ranch in Geneva, Idaho, to continue the Basque ranching tradition and to offer care and support for Josie s parents. In his later years, he worked alongside Steve Raftapoulous on the Wyoming, Colorado border, as a desert consultant and semi-retired foreman.

Leon, aka the Desert Fox and old sheepherder gave love and respect to all who knew him and met him. He was quick with a story and a glass of Paisano wine for anyone who sat with him at the kitchen table, either in Rock Springs or Geneva. He loved, guided and greatly respected the countless sheepherders from around the world who worked alongside him in the sheep ranching business: Basques, Spaniards, Mexicans, Peruvians and Chileans. Leon spoke four languages fluently: Basque, French, Spanish and English. He had only completed his formal education until he was 14 years old. At fourteen, he was sent to tend the family sheep in France, along the Spanish border, during occupied France. He shared space in the high country on the French/Spanish border with both German soldiers and French resistance fighters, channeling Jews out of France during World War II. He was profoundly marked the rest of his life by that experience as a young man.

Leon raised his children, Christine and Michael, alongside his wife Josie, with immense love and strength of character. His life s path was not straight, nor easy. When life s many challenges presented themselves to him, he greeted them with great faith and conviction. Leon had a great devotion to our Lady of Lourdes in France. He survived many near fatal ranching accidents and lived to tell the stories of them around the table with family and friends. He instilled in his children love of family, deep faith and hope in adverse situations and moments.

Leon was preceded in death by his wife Josephine Jauregui, parents Miguel Jauregui and Eugenie Erramouspe, his five sisters, Mary Louise Bidart, Francoise Bidart, Catherine Jauregui, Helene Jauregui and Marie Jauregui.

Leon is survived by his two children, Christine Jauregui-Citte (Curt Citte) of Aurora, Colorado and Michael Leon Jauregui (Jasone Molina Mejias) of Urduliz, the Basque Country, along with his four grandsons, Eneko Jauregui, Peio Jauregui, Xabier Leon Citte and Andoni Mikel Citte. He has also left behind most dear friends; Martin and Ronnie Goicoechea, Henry and Kathy Etcheverry, Jean Lean and Mayte Ocafrain, Roland and Yvette Cherbero, John and Mary Radosevich and Ismael Balderas.
A Mass of Christian burial will take place on Wednesday, September 14th at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Holy Spirit Catholic Community in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

(published by Horan & McConaty, on Sep. 8, 2022)

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