In Memory

Jeffrey Lawrence Adatto

Jeffrey Lawrence Adatto

Attended New Trier West and Avoca Jr. High

Cause of Death: lou gehrig's disease

Jeffrey Lawrence Adatto J.D. '79, July 12, 2004, age 50. Adatto, a member of both the Oregon and Washington bars, worked in Oregon for a brief time but spent most of his 24-year career practicing in Washington. He was a 20-year veteran of the Washington state attorney general's office and, for the last 15 years, was section chief of the Vancouver office. Adatto practiced primarily in the area of workers' compensation law, representing the Washington Department of Labor and Industries before the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals and in superior court. He died after a valiant battle with Lou Gehrig's disease.

-Submitted by Barry Gross

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09/04/10 09:19 AM #1    

Randall S. Silton

Jeff was my best friend during the first half of my life, and I will never forget him or his family in Wilmette.  Rod Stewart's "Every Picture Tells A Story" always makes me think of Jeff and the great times we shared.  Rest In Peace, my friend!

09/30/10 02:23 AM #2    

Suzanne Montalbano (Dunham)

Jeff was the best. I remember him in gradeschool always smiling. He had a great smile. He was a friend.

I just learned of his passing and my thoughts and prayers go out to everyone he touched. Peace my friend.

Suzanne Montalbano Dunham

10/08/10 07:32 PM #3    

Harlan Jeffrey Brooks

Jeff Adatto & I were good friends at New Trier West. He was good guy. Being over at his house, I remember the Maltese his family had. It seemed to always have a good grip of my pant leg. My sincerest sympathy to his surviving family.



05/11/11 01:06 PM #4    

Robert Fiddler (Fiddler)

 Jeff was a great friend in grade school and high school. What a sweet guy. Gone too soon.

08/13/11 04:28 PM #5    

Robin W. Linster (McQueen)

Sad to know Jeff passed away.  I remember the kindness in his eyes.  My sincere sympathy to his family and friends.

08/15/11 11:34 PM #6    

Howard Klink

Here's a later chapter in the Jeff Adatto story:

Jeff and I were friends in grade school, junior high and I think into the early days of high school. We did not stay connected through the latter part of high school and beyond but reconnected through mutual friends in 1987 in Portland, Oregon. Once again Jeff and I were not close but had overlapping social groups and saw each other from time to time at parties and in the community. We attended the same synagogues in both Wilmette and Portland and would often stand in the back during services and reminisce about about our hebrew school escapades. Jeff was an exuberant guy, loved his work, music and family. A few years after Jeff passed away some good friends and I commiserated on the possibility of a good dating candidate for Jeff's widow, Lisa. To make a not so long story shorter, one of my best friends (Tom) and Lisa were married a couple of years ago and couldn't be happier. Jeff and Lisa have a couple of amazing 20 something kids who are doing well in life and I imagine miss their dad every day. 

Jeff continues to be missed by me and a large contingent of his Portland friends.  

10/04/22 06:01 PM #7    

Bruce Jay "Bud" Hazelkorn

Jeff and I were bar mitzvah’d together at Beth Hillel Congregation in November 1966. That would have put us in the same Hebrew school class Howard Klink mentions above. 

I’m sorry to hear of his early passing. He was a good guy I was glad to know. Regards to his family. 

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