Loren Lange, devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, was born in Tacoma, Wash., and grew up in Dallas, where he graduated from high school in 1949.
He attended BIOLA in Los Angeles for two years (1949-1951), and attended Linfield College (1951-1952).
He married Doris Gruver in December 1952, and raised three children on the farm. He entered the U.S. Army in 1955, where he served two years in the artillery, Atomic Cannon Division in Fort Still, Okla.
He attended North American Baptist Seminary in Sioux Falls, S.D. (1959-1961). He was active in Salt Creek Baptist Church in Dallas, where he spent most of his life until the 1980s.
While living in Dallas, he was a logger, truck driver, heavy equipment operator, and builder of custom homes.
In the early 1980s, he moved to Southern California and married Ruth Bloom in November 1989. He resumed his building skills by building AM/PM service stations for a few years, then returned to professional truck driving until he retired at age 76.
He was active in every church he ever attended, and especially loved to do the landscaping and tree trimming to make the church grounds attractive. When he was no longer physically able to do that at age 84, he began volunteering to sing at the fifth Sunday Sings at his church, and he will be singing at his own celebration via video — guaranteed to bless the heart of anyone who hears him.
He was known for his kind, gentle ways and his radiant smile that would light up a room. He had a sense of humor and desired to make anyone laugh he could.
In 2010, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, which metastasized to his right arm, preventing him from having surgery. He lived with this diagnosis for seven years before succumbing to it; however, he never complained of any pain, even with his fragile right arm that the cancer had invaded.
He is survived by his wife of almost 28 years, Ruth; his children, son Randy Lange, of Santa Fe, N.M., daughters Joni Lange and Linda Saviola, of Dallas, two stepsons, Stephen and Timothy Bloom; brother, Kenneth Lange, of Salem; sister-in-law Judy Lange, of Sacramento, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Melvin.
Memorial Service is Sunday, Aug. 27, at 2 p.m. at Salt Creek Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Camp Tapawingo: www.camp-tapawingo.com.
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