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Karin Ehrenclou Jamison

Dr. Karin Ehrenclou Jamison was an exceptional mother, spouse, sister and physician. There was something understated and magical about how she was with people. She spoke to strangers with the intimacy of a friend. She was authentic and approachable, with a beauty that comes from discipline, a life lived thoughtfully. One always felt better after being with her.

The middle of 3 daughters born in South Pasadena in 1930 to first generation Swedish immigrant parents, she and her 3 sisters were lifelong friends. Impulsive and adventurous, she was also disciplined and goal oriented. She attended Occidental College then entered USC Medical School one of three women in her class. Much the 'tomboy', she led many ski trips with classmates to the Sierra in her Model A Ford, which she later sold to pay for a wedding ring to marry her classmate W. Blake Jamison. Devoted to her husband, they moved together to the small central California town of Lompoc. They were blessed 4 children (Eric, Elin, Tim and Mark), 2 grandchildren (Colin and Lauren) and three nephews Dave, Jim and Ken Brass), all of whom she adored. In addition she had many dear friends from all spheres of life.

Karin was enthusiastic about many things but two passions rose above all others: her family and her duty as a physician. She loved her patients, and they treasured her in return. She practiced solo family medicine for 15 years, then went on to work at Vandenberg Air Force Base, and finally as an emergency physician at Lompoc Valley Hospital Emergency Department for 10 years before she retired. She was highly regarded by her colleagues wherever she worked. After retirement, she enjoyed attending medical meetings to maintain her license for many years.

Among her many other loves were dancing and dinner parties, singing with her ukelele, biking and playing tennis, building coasters and tree houses, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing and backpack trips to many beloved lakes and peaks in the Sierra Nevada. After a long day in the office, she would still pack a tin with fried chicken, brownies and potato salad for a family picnic dinner on the beach. Ever an educator, she taught her children all the skills she loved.

Immensely loved by her many friends, her family and her husband, she will forever live on in the hearts and spirits of the many people whose lives she enriched. A celebration of her life is planned at First United Methodist Church Saturday April 28th at 11 am. Please contact eric.robert.jamison@gmail.com for details.

The family would like to thank Hospice in Lompoc and all her wonderful caretakers. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care - Solvang Office: 2029 Village Lane, Solvang, CA 93463

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