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Lou Fortin

July 18, 1937 — January 20, 2024


Lou Fortin

In Loving Memory of Lou Fortin

Lou Fortin, born on July 18, 1937, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, peacefully passed away, leaving a legacy of love and resilience on January 20, 2024. Lou's remarkable journey began in the heart of Vermont, where he spent his summers working on a dairy farm, cultivating a strong work ethic and appreciation for the land.

During his formative years, Lou faced challenges and spent six years in an orphanage from 2nd to 8th grade due to a broken home. Despite the hardships, he reunited with his mother and siblings and graduated from Cathedral HS in 1956. Inspired by a sense of duty and adventure, he enlisted in the Navy and proudly served on the USS Holder, forging lifelong memories and friendships.

In 1960, Lou embarked on a cross-country journey, arriving in Los Angeles, where he met the love of his life, Joan Jertberg. They married in 1963 and relocated to Northern California, where they raised three sons: Steve, Marc, and David. Lou was a devoted father, proud of his family and the love they shared.

Breaking barriers, Lou became the first in his family to attend college, earning an AS in forestry, a BS in science, and an MA in education. His professional career was dedicated to education, with notable roles as the principal of Boonville Elementary, administrator of vocational education in Ukiah, and principal of Manchester Elementary. He retired from the Mendocino County Office of Education in 1997, leaving a lasting impact on countless lives.

Lou was known for his rare kindness, forming cherished friendships that endured a lifetime. He found joy in tinkering with his classic car, a 1956 Mercury, and relished the camaraderie of the local classic car club.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Joan, sister Jackie and brother Mike (Linda),his sons Steve, Marc, and David, daughters in law Sandy, Cecilia and Kathryn, grandchildren Dash, Annalise, Michelle, Alexander, Heather, and Holly Fortin, as well as Hannah Moon (John), and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Eversole Mortuary in Ukiah on February 10th at 11:00 AM, followed by a remembrance gathering/Celebration of Life at the Saturday Afternoon Club in Ukiah.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to Ukiah Hospice and/or the Alzheimer’s Association, in honor of Lou's commitment to education and community.

 May his gentle soul rest in eternal peace.

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