Greg Almand

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Greg L. Almand
August 9, 1964 - October 27, 2012
Greg L. Almand (48) went to heaven to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on October 27, 2012 from his home in Nampa, Idaho, with his family at his bedside, after an eleven-year battle with brain cancer. He was born in San Gabriel, CA on August 9, 1964 to Lloyd and Sharon Almand and joined two older sisters, Wendy and Cori, at home. In 1973, Greg moved to Twin Falls, Idaho with his family where he attended elementary and Junior High School. Upon returning to Southern CA in 1978, Greg graduated from Woodcrest Christian High School in Riverside, CA; earned his Associate in Arts/Fire Science Degree in 1985 from Butte College in Oroville, CA; and completed paramedic school at Crafton Community College in Yucaipa, CA. Greg began his career at Norco Fire Department then went to work at Chino Valley Fire District as a Fire Fighter/Paramedic where he was the Department Paramedic Trainer for approximately ten years. He was also a Haz-Mat Trainer for the department as well as a CPR/First Aid trainer in the community. In 2006, in spite of his disease, Greg completed his required college units and the American Intercontinental University conferred upon Greg the degree of Bachelor of Business Administration/ Organizational Psychology and Development.
In 1986 Greg married Lorraine Pelkey and moved to Calimesa, CA. They also lived in Victorville and Rancho Cucamonga where Greg was the Praise and Worship Leader in three churches. God gave Greg the gifts of a beautiful singing voice, playing the piano and keyboard, and composing music. In 1987 Greg and Lorraine welcomed a precious daughter, Lauren, into their family, followed in 1980 by another beautiful baby girl, Sarah. In 1995, the family returned to Twin Falls, Idaho, where Greg opened and managed Practical Car Rental. Sadly, in 1996 he and Lorraine divorced and Greg moved to Boise, Idaho, where he worked with IKON Business Communications, receiving several awards for Best Salesman, and Qwest. On June 16, 2001 he had the first of many seizures caused by a brain tumor which reoccurred in 2004, and again in 2012 along with two more which were inoperable. Greg continued to charm people with his ready smile and his sense of humor. He did not know a stranger and was loved by all the staff at the various hospitals who gave him care, and anyone who took the time to know him. Greg is survived by his daughters, Lauren Almand Taylor (Wyatt) and Sarah Catherine Almand of Boise, ID; his parents, Lloyd and Sharon Almand, of Nampa, Id; two sisters, Wendy Williams Sprunt (Will), and Corinne Anderson (Gregg); 11 nieces and nephews; 16 great-nieces and nephews; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Donations may be made in Greg's name to ATTN: Gift, The Brain Tumor Foundation, 1350 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 1200, New York, NY 10019, or to World Vision, Inc., P. O. Box 9716, Federal Way, WA 98063-9716.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, November 3, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. at Mission Aviation Fellowship, 112 N. Pilatus Lane, (off Happy Valley Road), Nampa, ID 83687.To share a memory of Greg or to offer condolences to his family, please visit (208)466-3545.

Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Nov. 1, 2012
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