The USDA Forest Service lost a dear member of the Human Resources Management organization on May 15th.
Julia Searcy-Ortega began her career with the U.S. Forest Service in 2007, as a Human Resources Specialist. She worked within many HRM teams, throughout her career: Hiring Students under the former STEP/SCEP Student Hiring Programs, servicing the CIO Organization, working on the Director’s Action Group, and the National Fire Team.
If you were to bump into Julia in the hallways of HRM, she would greet you with a bright, beaming and beautiful smile! She spoke to everyone, regardless if she knew them or not. Julia took the time to personally interact with people. She was genuine and you could feel her care and concern. Everyone always felt welcomed with Julia.
Julia loved to travel and be by the beach. The sea was a place where she felt free. Music was another freeing passion for Julia. She frequented concerts and loved her Rock n’ Roll! Her favorite musicians were Tom Petty, Blondie, Fleetwood Mac, Def Leopard, and Prince… just to name a few. She was the ultimate Denver Broncos fan and always showed her team spirit, especially during football season. From August to January, Orange and Blue was a paramount presence and the Broncos better be in the Playoffs!
Her most beloved activity was cheering for her sons at their sporting events – football, baseball and track. She was proud of her daughters, one is a doctor in San Diego and the other operates her own business in Albuquerque. On May 17th, Julia’s youngest son, Jarod, graduated from Volcano Vista High School, and her eldest son, Joseph, was accepted into the New Mexico State Police Academy. Julia was elated with their accomplishments and we know she is smiling down upon them now.
Julia leaves behind her mother, Sandy; 2 sons, Joseph and Jarod; 2 daughters, Amber and Amanda; a son-in-law, Derek; a grandson, Carson; her brother, Jeff; nephew, Cody; and her two dogs, Sugar and Tebow.
Julia’s bright and colorful soul will be greatly missed, but her spirit will continue to shine among us every day.