Oregon State University

Iraj Motazedian

In Memoriam
Iraj Motazedian
Iraj Motazedian


After a long struggle with cancer, we have lost our dear friend and co-worker, Iraj Motazedian. Iraj came to us in April of 1989 with his strong interest in agriculture, dedication to helping farmers, extremely strong work ethic, and the most engaging, friendly smile a person could ever hope to see. He quickly became a key person on the Seed Certification staff, providing leadership for the inspection program throughout the northwest part of the Willamette Valley and Central Oregon, leadership for the Oregon OECD program for seed moving internationally, coordinating the Oregon certified seed warehouse program, and leadership for the personnel throughout the state who sample and tag seed at those warehouses. Also, Iraj represented OSCS on the Oregon Clover Commission and served as secretary of the Seed Conditioner’s Advisory committee on the Oregon Certification, Foundation Seed and Plant Materials Board. Iraj became our specialist for inspecting clovers and sugar beets, and was an integral part of the potato inspection team. He recently co-developed a seed corn inspection program, and like his predecessor, Ivan Hagen, who mentored him into the certification program, Iraj was prepared to inspect all crops that were entered for certification. Beyond his duties at OSU, he also assisted people in other countries through his work with the Farmer to Farmer program sponsored by USAID and Winrock/International.  He was firm and fair in his work with all people who came to Seed Certification for its service, treasured by his co-workers, and greatly appreciated by many, many seed producers in Oregon.


The funeral will take place at Locke Cemetery Thursday, Sept. 19th, 2013 at 1:00pm, and will be followed by a reception at Dennis Hall (114 SW 8th St.) from 2:30-4:30pm.  DeMoss-Durdan Funeral Home will be handling the arrangements (if people wish to call for details). The obituary can be found here or here

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