Public memorial service held for long-time local doctor

Dr. Jon Van Valkenburg. (Courtesy Gary Walker of Providence Health & Services)

A public memorial service for longtime resident and doctor to the community, Jon Van Valkenburg, is scheduled to take place Monday at Shepherd of the Valley Catholic Church in Central Point from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Dr. Valkenburg died at 54 years old on Monday, July 22, 2019, while fishing on the Rogue River alongside his son Nick in Shady Cove.

His obituary, in part, reads, “He was a long-time resident of Medford, devoted to his family and to serving the community as a family practice physician at the Medford Medical Clinic, and then Providence Medical Group.”

Valkenburg was also the Director of the Urgent care at Providence Stewart Meadows Medical Center, according to his obituary.

"Jon loved practicing medicine and spending time with his family and friends. He was committed to providing quality medical care to the Rogue Valley working alongside his fellow dedicated health care professionals at Providence Stewart Meadows Medical Center, where he was Director of the Urgent Care," his obituary, in part, reads.

Dr. Chris Alftine, a longtime friend and partner of Dr. Valkenburg for 20 years, shed light on who he was.

"It was always great to be able to have my patients see him if I wasn't available. He did an enormous amount of administrative work with me and he was incredibly generous with his time and efforts and enthusiasm around building the department," Alftine said.

Among people paying their respects on Monday's memorial service was one woman, Alyse Dodd, who's life was saved by Dr. Van Valkenburg.

"He was such a wonderful doctor. As I said, if it hasn't bent for him I would have died nine years ago. And I have five grandchildren I get to enjoy because he saved my life so it's important for us to come and honor him," Alyse said.

Additionally, her husband, Peter Dodd, recalled when Dr. Valkenburg saved their son's life as well.

"Our son was very sick, and had been to another doctor and hadn't got the treatment he needed, and Dr. Van diagnosed what was wrong and in the clinic gave him an I.V. of antibiotics which he really needed and then advised him to get to the hospital," Peter said.

Donations in Valkenburg’s honor can be made to the Hillcrest Committee Supporting a Cure for Cancer.

He joined the armed forces in 1988 and enjoyed cycling, fishing with his son, outdoor activities, and small craft distilling.

Valkenburg leaves behind his wife, mother, sister, daughter, son, and numerous other family members and beloved friends.

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