Jore Lund was born Oct 2nd, 1969 near Seattle to Dale and Darlene Lund. He has four older siblings, Jody, Michelle, Jami and Kriss. At age five his family moved to a 20-acre farm near the town of Tenino where he spent a great deal of time working with animals and equipment and participating in building projects. He had free range on miles of the Skookumchuck River and spent many summer afternoons catching crawdads and fishing. After graduating from high school at the age of 15, he spent a year tutoring math and sciences before going on to college. He attended two years at Centralia College and was in his first year at St Martin’s College when he took employment with the Seattle Fire Department. Jore married his long-time friend, Amy, in December of 1990 and had three boys. They lived for many years in a house he and Amy built, beside his parent’s home on a 115-acre farm in Onalaska. There accompanied by his furry companion, Hickory, he became creator, owner and operator of The Lund Farmstead managing a herd of cattle and producing beef. He was a Volunteer Firefighter/EMT for Lewis County Fire District #8 – Salkum for many years, and for over 28 years had various volunteer roles working directly with youth. He has been a sponsor with Compassion International since 1992 and has volunteered for them since 2004. It was through his involvement with Compassion that he participated in various training and enrichment opportunities at regional, national and global levels including Life Coach training and visits to Dominican Republic, Indonesia and Ecuador. He was stable, well-grounded and highly charactered. He was neither a braggart nor a slacker but a consummate team player with a strong sense of loyalty. Jore’s qualities of empathy, intellect and deep spiritual faith enabled him to accomplish so much. He was comfortable with intimacy in his relationships and intuitively queried those around him. He did not necessarily agree with each person’s perspective or condone the choices each person makes. But he sought to understand your feelings, your goals, fears and dreams. He heard the unvoiced questions. He anticipated the need. And where others grappled for words, he usually found the right words and tone to help others express themselves. He intentionally set time to for introspective reflection, meditation and musing. His hobbies of skiing, hiking, mountain biking, fishing and the view from his back porch brought him rest, peace and contentment. He and Amy shared almost 32 years of marriage together. He was a devoted father to their sons, Wynter, Ture and Anchor, and loving grandfather to Aspen and Olivia.
“I won’t lie - I like being competent. It is painful being overwhelmed and sucking at something. But becoming competent requires going through a process and trusting the process. The best analogy I can think of is being naked. You can walk in trying to do the awkward cover and shuffle... or you can just embrace the facts and stride in saying, “Here I am.” ... One of the gifts that I try to give the people in my life is the gift of being flawed. If I can help people feel comfortable about being themselves, in a way, comfortable being naked, that provides the best point for personal growth and development.”
“You have to find what things you need to pay attention to [in life] and what you can disregard. My kids taught me that while playing Halo together. “Dad, you’ve got to check your radar every few seconds,” “Dad, you need to look for these little arrows,” “Check your ammo, Dad!” Being in the moment makes it more likely that you will notice what is important! Ironically, the practices of stillness, silence and solitude help me to become more aware, to take clear action, to listen better and to connect with others more effectively.”
– Jore Lund (2015)
Jore began employment with the Seattle Fire Department in 1990 in Recruit Class 55. He spent time working on Engine 22, Engine 20, Engine 36, Ladder 9, a cumulative of 15 years on Engine 11, and the last five years of his career at the Fire Alarm Center. Jore promoted to lieutenant in June 2000 and retired from the department in June 2022, after 32 years of dedicated service.