CRW employees are deeply grieving the recent loss of our dear friend and fellow co-worker, Jason Labrie.

Jason was deep sea fishing with his friend out of Grays Harbor, Washington when he suddenly fell overboard and lost his life at sea on Friday, May 14.  He is survived by his wife, Bethany, son Alden and daughter Sophia.

During his time at CRW, Jason brought his extensive knowledge and experience working in water distribution and treatment to a number of areas. His arrival to CRW came at a critical time to fill the Water Distribution Supervisor role. He orchestrated some notable progress of system maintenance activities among our Distribution group. The areas of leak detection, valve maintenance, and hydrant maintenance all saw significant improvement from prior years under Jason’s leadership, guidance, and prioritization. He helped build key relationships with Clackamas Fire in our joint hydrant maintenance program, and he was a recognized leader in collaboration with Clackamas County on a variety of projects affecting the District. Jason’s positive attitude, service mindset, and “others first” mentality enabled him to successfully address a wide array of customer issues. He worked tirelessly behind the scenes, often after hours, to support routine and emergency response efforts by CRW field staff. He displayed solid integrity and dedication to the District’s mission and values on a daily basis.

Jason’s daily support, presence, and encouragement among the management team, his staff and coworkers were greatly appreciated and will be sorely missed. “Jason was wonderful to work with, approachable, insightful, helpful, and a good communicator.  His smile was reassuring and contagious putting people immediately at ease and he often gave recognition and appreciation of the work of others,” commented Todd Heidgerken, CRW General Manager.

CRW staff, regional water professionals, and community members shared about many of Jason’s qualities and contributions. A sample of comments include how he “helped others with patience and a smile”; “he was reliably kind”; “fondly remembered, and poignantly missed”; “Jason was mellow, steady, good-humored, and an utterly fantastic human being”; “one of the kindest, most generous and thoughtful people I have ever met”; “he was a tremendous asset to CRW”; “really admired Jason’s calm and quiet leadership in our profession”; and “was a great guy and always worked on being a great leader”.

We will be eternally grateful for Jason and his important contributions in serving Clackamas River Water.  CRW staff was greatly influenced by Jason’s way of life and were very fortunate to have the time with him.