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Remembering Fred Stickel, Founder of the Citizens Crime Commission


It is with great sadness I tell of the passing of Fred Stickel, former long-time publisher of The Oregonian and founder of the Citizens Crime Commission, on Sunday, September 27, 2015.

Many who worked closely with Fred, while he chaired the Crime Commission, remember him as a vocal supporter of public safety, civic engagement and responsibility, and calling it like it is. He was a great mentor to me and I will miss him. His service was held Friday, October 2, at Saint Cecelia’s in Beaverton.


30stickel-obit-master180-1Fred Stickel was a great friend and mentor to me for many years when I was executive director at the Citizens Crime Commission (CCC) where he was chair, one of the founding members and headed numerous committees  with the goal of making Portland and Oregon a safer place for all its citizens. His passion and wisdom on how to best go about doing this resulted in many successful public policy changes that have an impact on the public safety system to this very day. Fred loved the law enforcement community and through the CCC assisted in many budget fights to gain the necessary resources to do their job. His equally deep passion was for children who were victims of neglect and abuse which often put them on the path to entering the cycle of violence that results in incarceration. To be sure, he was a tireless warrior on behalf of these children and led many successful efforts to obtain the necessary funds to mitigate the obstacles they face.

I often phoned Fred seeking his time, leadership or assistance in raising money for a particular endeavor. He never said no. On occasion, I would ask  him to attend a meeting of the city council when a contentious issue was on the agenda that was important to the CCC. As the publisher of the Oregonian, he would not testify, but simply sitting on the front row during the proceedings had an impact on the outcome of the hearings. I don’t recall the CCC ever losing a vote.

One of my lasting memories of Fred was his arrival at our numerous 0730 morning meetings at the CCC. Of course like most Marines he was 15 minutes early, beautifully dressed and enthusiastically ready to take on the day. I would greet him with a crisp Marine salute and a ” Good Morning Captain” and he would respond with a gruff “at ease Corporal” now what are we going to accomplish at this meeting.

In this moment of sadness, I am consoled by how fortunate we are to have witnessed a life so well lived.

Semper Fi

Ray Mathis

Fred Stickel’s Obituary