Hawthorne Funeral Home & Memorial Park: Obituaries

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C. Jess Groesbeck M.D. C. Jess Groesbeck M.D.
(May 7, 1934 - October 26, 2009)

C. Jess Groesbeck, MD

Our beloved husband and father Jess died October 26 at Skagit Valley Hospital after a brief, intense illness. Jess was born May 7, 1934 in Bellingham, WA to Clarence Lyman and Sina Florence Groesbeck. He is survived by his loving wife Silvia Groesbeck and their sons George, John & David Groesbeck. He is also survived by children Rebecca and Layne Bennion of Maryland, Mary and Marwood Stout of CA, David and Marcy Groesbeck of Spokane WA, Jennifer Butera of CA, Hilea and Lance Stanley of CA, and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He is also survived by brothers Jerry (and Janice) Groesbeck of Montana, Larry (and Ginny) Groesbeck of Bothell, and Silvia’s parents Winston and Hilda Garcia of Mount Vernon. Cousins Glenn (and Theda) Bordner of Mount Vernon, and Lyle (and Cheryl) Bordner of Federal Way, Bill (and Marilyn) Bordner of Spokane, Arlene (and Lee) LeBeouf of CA, Glenda Collins of Arizona, Dick (and Dallas) Hartwig of Ellensberg, Bob (and Jessie) Dupar of Bellevue, Tom Dupar Sr. of Anacortes, and many other Groesbeck relatives in Utah and Idaho. Preceding Jess in death were his parents and Brother Terry Groesbeck and his wife Sharon Wilde Groesbeck.

Jess was a Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a young man Jess served his Mission in Guatemala and remained active in church issues in Guatemala all his life and met his wife Silvia, while touring the country once again.

Jess was passionate about his family genealogy, his faith. He was a very learned man who sought knowledge from every source. He also loved all kinds of food. Some of his favorite foods were barbecued salmon, Ivar’s Clam Chowder, and anything his wife Silvia cooked and an evening with family at the Royal Fork Buffett.

Jess graduated from Roosevelt High School in Seattle and The University of Washington with a B.S. in Psychology and from the U of W School of Medicine. He completed a Residency in Psychiatry at Letterman General Hospital, San Francisco, and Psychoanalytic training at the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, and training in Forensic Psychiatry at Utah State Hospital, Provo Utah. Dr. Groesbeck was Board certified in Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis. Dr. Groesbeck was a training analyst for the Interregional Society of Jungian Analysis of North America, a member of the International Association of Analytical Psychology, past president of the American Psychiatric Society of Jungian Analysts, a Fellow of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law, and a fellow in the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Groesbeck was the author of numerous professional articles and studies. Dr. Groesbeck served in the US Army Medical Corps reaching the rank of Major before leaving the service in1971. Jess was Clinical Director of Utah State Mental Hospital and had a private psychiatric practice in Provo Utah and Sacramento, CA. and as a forensic psychiatrist for the state of CA. In his later years he also worked as a Preventative Medicine specialist. Dr. Groesbeck was a member of the Mormon History Association.

Burial at Enterprise Cemetery, Ferndale, WA, Friday, October 30th at 11:00AM and Memorial Service at the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints, 1700 Hazel Street Mount Vernon, Saturday October 31st at 11:00AM. Memorial may be made to a favorite charity in Jess’s name.