Jeff Reinking, 1945-2011
Our friend Jeff, '63 passed away last weekend, June 4-5, 2011.

 

Class of 1963 spokeswoman Julie (Okey) Pryor, '63 says:

"Dear Classmates,

"I just found out yesterday that Jeff Reinking passed away about 3 days ago, from mesiothelioma.

"His funeral will be held at the LDS church at 287 Poet Smith Drive in
Auburn, CA 95603-5747. It will begin at 1:00 pm on Saturday, June 11th. There will be a viewing at 10:30 am that morning.

"There will be an informal gathering (to share memories) at a local restaurant bar on Saturday evening.

"You can try to contact Jeff's brother Vic, '65 for details."

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Dr. Jeffrey Carl Reinking (1945 - 2011)
Dr. Jeffrey Carl Reinking
11/19/1945 - 6/1/2011

Dr. Jeffrey Carl Reinking, co-founder and long-time Medical Director of Auburn Pain Rehabilitation Medical Clinic, died on June 1, 2011 at Sutter Roseville Medical Center, surrounded by family. He died following a long struggle with cancer. He was 65.

Dr. Reinking was born November 19, 1945 in Long Beach, California, to the late Jesse Reinking and Evelyn Bentley Reinking. He received his BS from Brigham Young University, his MD from the University of Arizona and completed his residency training at the University of Washington in Seattle. Prior to completing his MD, he received a MS in pharmacology at the University of Arizona.

He was a professional member of a number of national and international organizations including the International Association for the Study of Pain, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the International Association of Pain and Chemical Dependency and the American Medical Association.
Dr. Reinking was recognized as a pioneer in the interdisciplinary approach to the treatment of chronic pain.

He was committed to the idea that only through empathy, and an understanding of the whole person, could the debilitating disease of chronic pain be treated and transcended. He was convinced that an integrative approach to the treatment of chronic pain offered the most promise of alleviating patients' suffering and restoring their ability to function in the world.

He worked with a team that included psychologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physical therapists, clinical pharmacologists, and massage therapists, among others. He recognized that every individual suffering from chronic pain was unique, that each of them had a story, and that by entering into their story in a genuine way, he and his colleagues could help them find a path back to wholeness, and a life no longer dominated by pain.

He was frequently invited to be a guest speaker at international conferences and meetings devoted to the study of pain. He traveled throughout North America, and to Europe, Asia and Australia to share ideas and learn from practitioners in many different cultures. He served as a consultant on pain management at numerous clinics, hospitals and medical schools and mentored many physicians on the treatment of pain. He also served as Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of California Davis Medical School.

Jeff will be remembered by family, friends and colleagues as a skilled physician, a gifted traveler and story-teller, a devoted father, grandfather, husband and uncle, and as a man whose life was informed by extraordinary enthusiasm, uncommon compassion and contagious laughter. He was an active, committed member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and served his church as a missionary in Germany in 1967-68.

He is survived by his wife Robin Reinking, his children Jesse Reinking and Brooke Reinking, his grandson Jayden, his stepsons David Miles and Aaron Miles, his brother Victor Reinking, his sister Christine Strandberg, his first wife, Beverly Reinking, his nieces Sara Gharbi-Reinking, Shari Jackson, Tamara Jackson, Elizabeth Miller, Rebecca Miller and Claire Bainbridge and his nephews Michael Jackson and Andrew Bainbridge.

Funeral services for Dr. Reinking will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Auburn, 287 Poet Smith Drive. All are welcome to attend. Relatives and friends are welcome at the Chapel of the Hills, 1331 Lincoln Way, Auburn, on Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and at the church, on Saturday, from 11:30 a.m. until the hour of services.

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Steve Lowe, ‘63 on June 9, 2011 at 9:12 AM said:

Jeff was a warm and joyful human being. He was filled with enthusiasm and curiosity. His memories of Sunny Hills and the branch were clear.

I remember playing 'over the line' with Jeff. And, taking his parents' car out in the middle of the night.

He was my oldest friend. I am glad he is out of his severe pain. I will miss him. We lived across the street from each other on Cerritos and Jeff was the first friend I made and met when we moved to Fullerton (age 9).
Michael D. Kerr '64 on June 7, 2011 at 4:56 PM said:

I am sad for our loss of Jeff. He was a good man
and glad he was my friend, sadly we spoke last
at our mutual friend Becky Hall's services.
My best to the Jeff Reinking, family.
Mike
Inars Agrums, '63 on June 7, 2011 at 2:53 PM said:

Jeff and I had many fun and crazy times together, drove to see my brother at the Presidio in S.F. in 1963 in the Tijuana PD with Todd Bledsoe and his brother Vic, ran off the road in the fog into a ditch, kick ass fun. Went on vacation with the Reinkings for 2 weeks at Clearlake, great memory. Jeff, you were like a brother to me, I love you, rest in peace.
Mike Nichols, '63 on June 7, 2011 at 12:38 PM said:

Jeff will be missed greatly. Jeff and I were very close in HS, and did many things, (mostly stupid) togeher in HS. Who can forget his old car, "Tijuana PD", that he had Jimmy Crawford cut a hole in the roof with his cutting torch? That had a perfectly straight body, and we went over to Pete Fowler's one day and bashed in all metal surfaces with sledge hammers to make it look "custom"?

Jeff was a diehard football player with us on our losing season, our senior year. A true band of brothers. I never knew Jeff in his professional career, but I have heard he was a really good doctor. May you rest in peace my old friend. You ran the course and you fought the fight. May God richly bless you in Heaven.

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