In Memory: Jon Pigage

Jon Pigage

Memorial services for Jon C. Pigage, associate professor and associate chair, Biology Department, are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 at Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church, 11020 Teachout Road, Black Forest. The campus community is invited to the memorial and a lunch reception to follow in the Parish Hall.

Pigage died Feb. 7 following a battle with cancer.

Pigage joined UCCS in 1994 as a senior instructor. He became an assistant professor in 2005 and was promoted to associate professor in 2012. He was a respected scholar and mentor who taught human anatomy and physiology, animal physiology, mammalogy and ecology courses.

Pigage was a lifelong member of the American Society of Mammalogists, established the UCCS Natural History Museum and Wildlife Lab, managed the Biology Department’s cadaver laboratory, served as a research associate for the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and published many scientific papers on parasites and mammals. Prior to coming to UCCS, he was a biology instructor at several colleges and universities in Illinois.

Pigage earned a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management from the University of Wyoming, and master’s and doctorate degrees in biology from the University of North Dakota.

Survivors include his wife, Helen, adjunct associate professor, Department of Biology.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to a CU Foundation fund in his memory online at http://www.uccs.edu/jonpigage, by phone at 719-255-5101, or by check made payable to CU Foundation, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80918-3733 with IMO Jon Pigage.

The family published an obituary in The Gazette and on the funeral home website www.swan-law.com:

Jon C Pigage
May 11, 1951 – February 7, 2018

Jon C. Pigage died February 7, 2018, following a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in Urbana, Illinois in 1951 and was preceded in death by his parents, Leo Charles Pigage and Lucille Case Pigage of Champaign, Illinois. A long time Peyton resident, he is survived by his wife, Helen Kuhn Pigage; sister, Ellen Pigage Elliott of South Carolina; brother, Lee Case Pigage and wife Lynn of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada; nephew Justin Pigage, his wife Lea, niece Mallory Pigage, also of Canada; and two great-nephews and one great-niece.

Dr. Pigage joined the Biology Department at UCCS in 1994 as a senior instructor. He became an assistant professor in 2005 and was promoted to associate professor in 2012. He was a respected scholar and mentor of both undergraduate and graduate students who taught human anatomy and physiology, animal physiology, histology, wildlife disease ecology, mammalogy and general ecology courses.

He was a lifelong member of the American Society of Mammalogists, established the UCCS Natural History Museum and Wildlife Lab, managed the Biology Department’s cadaver laboratory, served as a research associate for the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and published many scientific papers on parasites and mammals. Prior to his tenure at UCCS, he was a biology instructor at several colleges and universities in Illinois.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management from the University of Wyoming and M.S. and Ph.D. in biology from the University of North Dakota.

Jon loved hiking, wildlife watching and photography both locally and during annual visits to Yellowstone National Park. He was a dedicated and talented amateur woodworker who built many tables, boxes, clocks, bookcases, and picture frames over the years. An avid reader, Jon loved history, particularly of the Civil War era and enjoyed visits to battlefields and monuments.

Memorial services for Jon C. Pigage are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 at Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church, 11020 Teachout Road in Black Forest.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to a CU Foundation fund in his honor. Donations may be made using the following internet link: uccs.edu/jonpigage or mailing to: University Development | Main Hall 304, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80918. Note in check memo line “in honor of Jon Pigage”.

1 Comment on In Memory: Jon Pigage

  1. Dear, Dear Helen–We were saddened by the news of Jon’s passing! You both were treasured academic and personal friends of DFB at the United States Air Force Academy. We pray for personal comfort for you and your family as you resurrect photos, letters, mutual experiences, conversations, and shared experiences together.
    You are certainly in our thoughts and prayers!
    Your friends,
    Orwyn & Diane Sampson

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