ATHENS, Vt. – Julian Taft Northup, 84, of Athens, Vt., passed away on Aug. 16, 2023, at the Thompson House in Brattleboro, Vt. Julian, also known as Jay to some, was born on June 3, 1939, and was a loving husband and a caring father and friend.
Julian grew up in Townshend, Vt., where he spent many hours exploring the woods and hills with his dog Silky, and skiing, snowshoeing, and ski jumping. At 17, he joined the Air Force, and ended up stationed in Japan, where he met and married his wife of 64 years, Michiko. After being honorably discharged, he started his career as a master builder, applying his skills and expertise to various projects throughout his career, including building two homes for his family. Jay passed on his love for the outdoors by taking his children camping, hiking, and canoeing, pursuits that he continued enjoying, along with hunting, fishing, and reading.
As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Jay enjoyed learning from the Bible and talking to others about God’s Kingdom and the hope he had of a resurrection to a paradise Earth, where his family look forward to being reunited with him.
Jay’s wife Michiko survived just 23 days beyond his passing. He is survived by his children Linda Crowson (Rob), James Northup, Robert Northup, Michelle Diggs (Brandon), Emily Abare (Reg), Jason Northup, 12 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Michael Northup (Thuy), and several nieces and nephews. Jay was predeceased by his mother Elizabeth Pouliot Laurie.
Jay is survived by his devoted wife Michiko, his brother Michael, and his children Linda Crowson (Rob), James Northup, Robert Northup, Michelle Diggs (Brandon), Emily Abare (Reg), Jason Northup, 12 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren. Jay was predeceased by his mother Elizabeth Pouliot Laurie.
Special thanks to the staff of The Thompson House for taking such wonderful care of Julian and his entire family over the past few months.
At this time, there will be no services held to honor Jay’s life. His family appreciates the love and support they have received during this difficult time.