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Hall Newbegin

Nov. 16, 1967 - June 3, 2020

Hall Newbegin, who was born and raised in Portland, passed away at the age of 52, Wednesday, June 3. Hall graduated from Riverdale Grade School, Wilson High School and Vassar College. In 1991 he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lived for 30 years. Hall had an enormous capacity for joy, his passions were genuine, unabashed and infectious. He had a sophisticated dry wit, was well-versed in classic films, and possessed a formidable knowledge of music, but his passion was the great outdoors. He brought his unfiltered life energy and joy to hiking and the wilderness. Hall’s deep love for the natural world became his vocation as well, when he founded Juniper Ridge, which makes essential oils and fragrance products that are derived from natural plants. His life was dedicated to inspiring wilderness appreciation and bringing the fragrances of the outdoors into the indoors through his products. It was only recently that Hall was diagnosed with Frontotemporal Degeneration, known as FTD. FTD most often attacks persons aged 40-65. In Hall’s case the disease began with the typical symptoms of increasingly inappropriate social behavior as well as extreme changes in personality, both of which are easily mistaken for drug addiction. As the disease progressed there were abrupt mood changes, recurring outbursts of anger as well as an extreme lack of judgment. These kinds of behaviors of FTD victims become so difficult that the victim leaves behind him a string of broken relationships. In the final stages there are speech difficulties, tremors and loss of muscle control which puts FTD victims at an increased risk of fall related fatalities. Sadly this was the case for Hall. He fell headlong down a flight of stairs breaking his neck. After neck surgery he experienced a pulmonary embolism and cardiac arrest.

Hall is survived by his daughter, Jane Newbegin; his parents, Anne and Ed Newbegin; his siblings, John, Katherine and Claire Newbegin; two nieces, Sky Newbegin-Knopke and Ann Newbegin; as well as his former wife, Laura Boles. On June 8, 2020, a small gathering, due to Covid restrictions, was held in Hall’s honor in Mill Valley.

Those who wish to make a donation, in the memory of Hall Newbegin, for the further public education of the symptoms of Frontotemporal Degeneration may do so by mail to: The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration 2700 Horizon Drive, Suite 120 King of Prussia, PA 19406 or at or the wilderness preservation organization

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