May 8, 1991-July 14, 2007
BEAVERTON - Cason Peterson Terjeson died Saturday, July 14, 2007, while helping his family during harvest. He was 16.
A celebration of life service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Olney Cemetery.
Another funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at Southridge High School in Beaverton.
He was born May 8, 1991, in Pendleton, to Matthew Terjeson and Jan Peterson- Terjeson.
He enjoyed fishing on the Grande Ronde and Columbia Rivers and competing in science fairs and in the battle of the book competition champion team at Hawthorne School in Pendleton. At Koko Head school in Honolulu, Hawaii, he won the Citizen of the Year award and won an all expense paid trip to San Diego, Calif., to play in the world Pokemon tournament. He was ranked 58th in the world and third in the state of Oregon.
At Conestoga Middle School in Beaverton, Terjeson won the Citizen of the Month award several times, was selected for the rookie team for Lego Robotics and was awarded honors in the John Hopkins National Academic Talent Search. He enjoyed playing the trumpet and was selected to speak at his eighth-grade graduation.
At Southridge High School in Beaverton, he excelled in Japanese, history, math and literature and worked the sound system for school musicals. His peers voted him Duke of Intellect for donating the most money for their sister school in Matale, Africa, to build a science lab. He was a mentor to young budding scientists and was a camp counselor for two years for Camp Invention.
Terjeson was to be a junior and was working towards earning the International Baccalaureate diploma.
He enjoyed Harry Potter, his friends and listening to technology podcasts.
He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Pendleton, Calvary by the Sea in Honolulu, Hawaii, and St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Beaverton.
He is survived by his parents, Matthew J. Terjeson and Jan Peterson-Terjeson; sister Lydia Terjeson; grandparents Barbara Hale of Pendleton, Herbert Peterson of Ione and James and Marilyn Terjeson of Pendleton; aunts Robin Terjeson and Elizabeth Peterson; uncles Todd Peterson and Treve Peterson; cousins Renee and Haylie Peterson of Ione; and extended family in Umatilla and Morrow Counties.
Memorial contributions may be made at Banner Bank to create a scholarship for a student at Beaverton High School.
Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.