In Memoriam: Jessica Mae Orozco

Dear ASPT Members,

I have some sad news to convey about the violent death of a member of the American botanical community. Jessica Orozco was a range scientist for the Hualapai tribe in northern Arizona.  She received botanical training at San Francisco State University and Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.  I'm sure many of you knew Jessica, and this is tragic, difficult news to bear.  She was an ethnobotanist with a passionate commitment to preserve Native American botanical knowledge.  A very bright light whom we will miss.  We will try to place information about memorial services and tributes below. If you have information you wish me to share with others, please pass it along to me (


Mark Fishbein

Jessica posted some of her research on her wordpress site:

A memorial to Jessica will be held at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (Claremont, CA) at 2pm on Sunday, Nov. 18th (see flyer to right).

A previous memorial for Jessica was held at the Hualapai Tribal Gymnasium in Peach Springs, AZ on Friday, Nov. 2nd.

She will be laid to rest at Our Lady of Sorrows Cemetery in Reno, NV.

A memorial fund in her honor is underway, details can be found at