Otto Jorgensen, Jr was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the second child of Margaret Gettner and Otto Jorgensen, Sr on July 25, 1952. He attended Baltimore public schools and one of his proudest achievements was graduating from the prestigious Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 1970.
Otto had dreams of being a doctor but, as those acquainted with Otto, know that he always managed to find the road in life with the most turns, pot holes and detours.
He joined the U.S. Army in 1971 and served three years in active duty in Korea. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal as a sharpshooter.
He returned to the United States and worked for a trucking company and in a medical research laboratory. He married and divorced twice.
Otto graduated Rutgers Medical School and finished a Family Practice Residency in 1987. It was there that he met this third wife, Jean Faust, and finally got the marriage thing right.
They moved to Newport Beach, California and he worked as a family physician while Jean worked as an emergency medicine physician assistant for Kaiser Permanente.
They were married on Dec. 1, 1990 and started a family in California with daughter Alana born in 1992 and son Connor born in 1994.
Missing their family, Jean and Otto moved back to the East Coast and settled in Plainsboro, N.J. and daughter Victoria was born in 1995. Otto opened his own practice Immedi-Care and ended his career working as an Urgent Care physician for MedExpress. He was beloved by his patients for his jovial nature and for always providing them all the time they needed for their care. His work inspired him to write a book, “Healthy, Wealthy and Wise-I Hate My Doctor.”
Sadly, a year ago, Otto began having health problems, retired and moved to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to be near his beloved cousin Gary Thrappas and his lifelong best friend, Allan Smith. He loved it there and quickly endeared his neighbors who nicknamed him, “The Plant Man,” for his love of gardening.
Recently, Otto’s health problems worsened and he was admitted to the intensive care unit of a local hospital. He found peace with God on his 68th birthday, July 25, 2020, with his wife by his side.
Otto was a big man with a big heart, he loved his family, his many pet dogs, cats and birds, the New York Giants, his friends and gardening.
He is survived by his wife Jean and children, Alana, Connor and Victoria, nieces Alison Baranowski and Laura Baranowski, nephew Andrew Baranowski, brother-in-law, Bud Baranowski, sister-in-law Marie Cincotta, niece Mary Jo Agurto and nephew Matthew Cincotta and their extended families, cousin Gary Thrappas and lifelong best friend Allan Smith and many, many other friends and patients whose lives he touched.
He will be dearly missed. May Jesus comfort him the way he comforted his patients.
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