Duff  Bloom
Duff Bloom

August 23, 1961 - December 24, 2020
Born in Encino, California
Resided in Eugene, Oregon
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DUFFY BLOOM, a beloved son, brother, uncle and friend, passed away peacefully at home after a year-long illness at the age of 59. He was born August 23, 1961 in Encino, California and died on December 24, 2020 in his beloved, adopted-hometown of Eugene, Oregon. Duffy is survived by his siblings, Steve, Karen, Randi, Rex, Jon and Drew. He also leaves behind 14 nieces and nephews and 16 great-nieces and -nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Allan and Billie, his brothers Adam and Peter, his sister Amy, and his sister-in-law Rebecca.

In 1988, Duffy graduated from the University of Washington with BA degrees in Political Theory and Comparative Religion. Duffy then went on to attend and graduate in 1991 from Willamette University School of Law. In the late 80s and very early 90s, he worked at SAIF Corporation as an appellate and special-projects law clerk and certified law student trial counsel. He began representing injured workers, starting in 1991, at the Eugene, Oregon law firm of Coons, Cole and Cary, and then at the firm of Cary, Wing and Bloom. While in private practice, he represented his own clients, the Oregon Trial Lawyers' Association, the Farmworker Justice Fund, Legal Aid Services of Oregon, Oregon Advocacy Center, and the Oregon Law Center before the Oregon Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.

In 2003, Duffy was appointed as an Administrative Law Judge for the Oregon Workers' Compensation Board in the Medford office. There, he presided over contested cases and helped parties settle their disputes as a mediator under the Board's and Oregon Supreme Court's mediation programs. Over the years, Duffy’s work shifted primarily to conducting mediations, and in November 2012, he moved back to the more centrally located office in Eugene.

In addition to his work, Duffy taught at many seminars and continuing legal education courses for lawyers, administrative law judges, employers and claims adjusters. He was also an avid film enthusiast, he loved to read, was a man of faith, and had a rare-known gift of caring for the children in his world. As the Presiding Administrative Law Judge told his family, Duffy loved working in the Workers’ Compensation field second to none, that his zeal for his work was nothing short of admirable and his loss would be felt greatly amongst all who knew him.

Like everyone else, Duffy had happiness and sorrow, good times and bad, but overall, he had a wonderful, interesting, successful and honorable life.

Duffy will forever be remembered by those that had the great pleasure of knowing him. His dear friends and loving family knew him as a caring, brilliant lawyer and beloved brother, uncle and friend. Duffy was greatly admired and respected by his colleagues and all who came in contact with him. Our family is feeling the sad loss of our brother and uncle, but has the gift of wonderful memories and the legacy that he left behind that impacts each of us.

Formal services will be planned once Church gatherings are allowed. Duffy was laid to rest at Sunset Hills Cemetery in Eugene, Oregon.




Sunset Hills Funeral Home, Crematorium and Cemetery
4810 Willamette St.
Eugene, OR United States 97405