Photo of Justin Douglas Rosenblad

Justin Douglas Rosenblad, MAT ’04, died peacefully on April 22, 2017, after a year-long fight against cancer.He was 41. Nicknamed Rosie, Justin was born in Portland on November 29, 1975, to Charles A. Rosenblad and Lauren Marie (Snell) Dixon. He began playing soccer, a sport that would define his life, at four years old. Justin went to Centennial High School, where he was a standout soccer player. After high school, he went to University of South Alabama on scholarship and played soccer for them for five years – and was never redshirted. He then played professional indoor soccer for the Baton Rouge Bombers from 1997 to 1998. After completing his undergraduate degree, he came back to Oregon to get his master’s degree in education from Concordia University. He graduated on a Saturday and was hired by his alma mater Centennial High on Monday. He taught history there ever since, loved by staff and students alike. Well known in the soccer world in Portland, he coached the Centennial Eagles along with multiple boys and girls club teams, as well as at varsity levels for Reynolds girls and Centennial boys. He also coached the girls’ varsity team at Warner Pacific. Justin loved brewing and drinking good beer with friends. An artist, he favored Asian landscapes, sumi brush painting, and pen and ink drawings. He taught art classes for all ages on Wednesday nights. He was well traveled, taking students to Europe and Washington D.C. He loved being outdoors, hiking and skiing with his family, and the annual Sunriver family reunions. A member of the Gresham Elks #1805, Justin volunteered for many community projects. He married Denise Cooke on November 21, 2001. Their four beautiful girls are Hailey Noelle, Sage Nicole, Maile Grace, and Tylen Olivia. He is fondly remembered as an amazing dad who adored his girls, a doting husband, a loving son, a Timbers fan, an animal lover (especially dogs), and an extraordinary person who shared his gifts with others. He and his megawatt smile will be missed by so many.