Jenny M. Bahan



Jenny “Jen” M. Bahan, 39, formerly of Medora, was killed in a car accident in San Luis Obispo, CA, on November 17, 2017.

Born in Seymour on June 16, 1978, Ms. Bahan attended school in Medora and Brownstown, graduating from Brownstown Central High School in 1996. She was baptized at the Vallonia Christian Church and later became a member of the Driftwood Christian Church. Recipient of a Freshman Dean’s Scholarship Award, Ms. Bahan completed her B. S. in Computer Graphics

Technology at Purdue University-Lafayette in 1999.

After college, Ms. Bahan developed video games for Midway in Chicago before moving to Los Angeles where she worked in computer animation on the popular Garfield films, on The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and on the Oscar-winning Happy Feet, among many other movies. Purdue University’s College of Technology honored Ms. Bahan as one of eleven Distinguished Technology Alumni in 2008. At the time of her death, Ms. Bahan was a Rigging and Technical Animation Supervisor for Tau Films, and an instructor with the John Hughes Institute.

Ms. Bahan was preceded in death by her grandparents, Kenneth and Elnora Bahan of Brownstown, IN, and Clyde and Kathleen Harlin of Gainesville, FL.

She is survived by her parents, Pat and Lee Bahan of Medora, IN; her uncle Mark (Leslie) Harlin of Gainesville, FL; her aunt Linda (Ron) Estes of Oklahoma City, OK; and by the Nancy Southerland Holmes family of the Choctaw Nation, OK.

A private service for Ms. Bahan was conducted by Kurt Hardenbrook of Kuehl-Nicolay Funeral Home, Paso Robles, CA, on November 22. On December 1, friends and colleagues from around the world gathered in Los Angeles for a memorial hosted by Ms. Bahan’s mentor and employer John Hughes of Tau Films.

Friends and family are invited to attend a Memorial Service and Celebration of Life Fellowship on December 17, at Vallonia Christian Church, 2244 S. Main St., Vallonia, IN. The service will be at 1 p. m. in the sanctuary. Lunch will be served in the fellowship annex immediately after the service, with visitation continuing until 4 p. m.

Gifts in memory of Ms. Bahan may be made to Hoosier Christian Village, 621 S. Sugar St., Brownstown, IN.

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