Loren Richard "Dick" Anderson, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, & friend passed away at his home in Vernal, Utah on September 17th, 2019 at the age of 88. Loren was born on June 6th, 1931, in Lehi, Utah to Duwayne and Fern Anderson. At age three his family moved to Adrian, Oregon where he grew up and later to Portland, Oregon where he spent his teenage years. In his youth Loren enjoyed working on the family farm, and in his dad's drug store and movie theater. In high school he played the cornet in band and loved good music throughout his life. In 1950, Loren received a mission call to serve in the Eastern United States. At the completion of his mission, Loren enlisted in the Army. During the Korean War he served as a radar technician.
Loren was very smart and had a scientific mind. In 1960, he received a master’s degree in Physics. While at Brigham Young University he met and later married Ruth Olson in the Salt Lake Temple. One week prior to his death they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.
In 1960 Loren was hired by the Boeing Airplane Corporation where he worked as a flutter engineer, charged with the responsibility of helping design airplanes in such a way that they could not be torn out of the sky by vibrations. After 35 years of employment with Boeing, Loren and Ruth retired to Vernal, Utah.
During his life, Loren was actively engaged in service to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has served as a Bishop, Councilor in the Stake Presidency, Stake Executive Secretary, Sunday School Teacher, High Priest Group Leader, Ward and Stake Missionary, High Councilor, and Temple worker in the Seattle Temple. He was an ordinance worker and recorder in the Vernal, Temple for over 15 years. Loren and Ruth also helped prepare the cornerstone for the Vernal, Utah Temple. Both were very honored and thankful for that assignment. For years Loren wanted to be the ward choir director and when he finally received the calling in the Federal Way, Washington 6th Ward, he considered it to be one of his favorites.
Loren also loved hiking and camping with his children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed the many summer trips to Circle Bar Ranch in Daggett County. He never missed an opportunity to tinker with his tools, fix things around the house and help other people. He was always ready to explain scientific and spiritual principles to his family and he loved a good conversation. He also authored many books both sacred and secular during his retirement. He loved writing his life history and his thoughts on the scriptures. We are profoundly thankful for the time he spent in these pursuits as it leaves a great intellectual and spiritual legacy for his posterity.
Loren is preceded in death by his parents, brother Marlo, and grandson Jeremy. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ruth, their eight children: sons, Duwayne (Laura), Morris (Becky), Howard (Melissa), Robert (Nancy) Joseph (Joyce), and daughters: Alisa (Kevin) Barker, Celia, who lovingly cared for him for years, and Annette (John) Mackey, 30 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, sister LaVerle Dean, and brothers Frank and Russell.
Funeral services for Loren Richard "Dick" Anderson, will be held Saturday, September 28, 2019, at 10:00 AM at the LDS Chapel located at 150 South Aggie Blvd (south of the Glines Stake Center). A viewing will be held Friday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Phillips Ashley Valley Funeral Home and Saturday 8:45 – 9:45 AM at the chapel. Interment will be in the Maeser Fairview Cemetery with Military honors provided by the American Legion Post 11. Services under the direction of the Phillips Ashley Valley Funeral Home.
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