Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JULY 2006
In Memoriam

Retired federal magistrate George E. Juba died June 6, 2006, of cancer. He was 78.

Juba was born Jan. 11, 1928, in Washougal, Wash., and was raised in nearby Camas. He graduated from Camas High School in 1946 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After two years in the Navy he enrolled at Willamette University where he graduated top in his class in 1956 with a doctor of jurisprudence. While at Willamette he met his future bride, Suzanne Mellor.

After graduation he worked as an assistant U.S. attorney before joining the FBI in 1959. He spent the next three years working cases in Denver and Louisiana. It was in Louisiana where he longed for the Northwest and left the FBI. His family moved back to Portland, where Juba again joined the U.S. attorney’s office. Juba was appointed an assistant U.S. attorney but quickly was promoted to chief criminal deputy in August 1963. Juba was appointed Multnomah County District Court judge in 1965 by Gov. Mark O. Hatfield. He left the Multnomah County District Court in October 1968 when he was appointed clerk of the U.S. District Court in Portland. In 1971, Juba became Portland’s first U.S. federal magistrate, where he presided until his retirement in 1993.

After retirement he moved to soak up the sun in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Juba enjoyed woodworking projects, gardening, history and an occasional round of golf. He was a quiet listener who loved his family and friends and who deeply enjoyed life.

Juba was preceded in death by his wife, Sue. Survivors include a daughter and a son.

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