Loren Emerson Marmon
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February 27, 1924 - August 26, 2013
Loren Emerson Marmon, 89, of Caldwell, passed away with his family by his side at a local hospital on Monday, August 26th after a brief illness.
Loren was born at home in the Pleasant Ridge Community of Caldwell, Idaho on February 27, 1924, the youngest child of Nathaniel Crew Marmon and Eunice Ann Darling Matteson Marmon.
His first eight grades of school were spent at Pleasant Ridge School. He went on to Caldwell High School, where he graduated in 1942.
Loren enlisted as an Infantryman in the U.S. Army in June 1944 and served in Rhineland, Central Europe, earning numerous medals including a Bronze Star. His service was completed in June 1946. In May 1947, he reenlisted in the Idaho Army National Guard and was attached to the 25th Army Band unit in Caldwell, serving as its Administrator under the leadership of CWO Bill Rankin and CWO Don Roblyer. The family was stationed in Colorado and New Jersey during the Korean conflict. He was a member of the Idaho National Guard Rifle Team, competing in training and matches across the country, and was qualified as a trainer in Rifle Marksmanship. He retired from the U.S. Army in February 1984 after nearly forty years of service with the rank of Sergeant First Class (E-7).
After his return from the European campaign of World War II, he enrolled at the College of Idaho in Caldwell, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1952. While a student at the C of I, Loren took a screen printing class from Arthur Hart - a skill he would later pursue professionally.
During Chemistry lab at the College of Idaho, he met Shirley Elaine Vocu of Twin Falls, Idaho, whom he married on September 12, 1948. Over the next eleven years, they added four children to their family: Steven Loren (1949), Kathryn (Kathie) Irene (1952), Kent Alan (1956) and Lori (Lorie) Ilene (1959). Loren and Shirley would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on September 12th of this year, and have lived in the same home near the College of Idaho for nearly fifty of those years.
In a note to the family from their friend, Sylvia Hunt, she wrote, "In this time of emotion, we grieve for the loss of Loren - the patriarch, the husband, father, grandfather, uncle, Kiwanian, Fine Arts supporter, veteran, carpenter, printer, businessman, and gentle person who will be gone from us in the way we have known and loved him." Loren was all of those things and so much more. There is so much more to Loren's story in the dash of time between 1924 and 2013 than we can print here.
Service to others was a major part of his life. Highlights of Loren's service includes serving as an Elder of Boone Memorial Presbyterian Church; College of Idaho Alumni President; Scoutmaster and Ore-Ida Council Executive Board member; active member and committee chairman of the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce; President of the Kiwanis Club of Caldwell, Lieutenant Governor, and eight years, as District Secretary of the Utah-Idaho District of Kiwanis International.
Professionally, Loren worked in the insurance industry as an agent for Franklin Mutual Life and Northwestern Mutual Life while serving as Administrator of the Idaho National Guard's 25th Army Band. He began screen printing "true" decals in 1953 in the basement of his home, and demand for his work quickly grew. Soon, it replaced his other endeavors, and his business, Treasure Craft Decals, grew to one of the largest businesses of its kind in Idaho.
For many years, folks throughout the Treasure Valley danced to the music of the Don Roby Group, made up of Loren, Dave Sevy, Jack Green, Don Blecha and Don Roblyer. A talented musician, Loren played the guitar, banjo and mandolin.
Loren is survived by his wife, Shirley; his children Kathie (Laird) Thornton of Renton, Washington; Kent (Sylvia) of Caldwell; and Lorie (Rick) Scherer of Caldwell; 15 grandchildren and four step-grandchildren; 25 greatgrandchildren and four step great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren and four step great-great grandchildren; his sister-in-law, Barbara "Bobbie" (Dick) Beery; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Steve; his former daughter-in-law, Roberta (Steve) Marmon; his brother and spouse, Ellis (Florence); his sister and spouse, Opal (Ernie) Leslie; his half-brothers and their spouses Jesse (Verna Pat) and Robert (Beatrice) Marmon, Delbert (Marguerite) Matteson; his half-sister and spouse Florence Matteson (Carl) Carlson; half-sisters Laura, Lula and Irene; his in-laws, Hiram J. and Mabel Egeland Vocu; and his sister-in-law, Doris Bowdoin.
Private burial with Military Honors will take place Saturday, August 31, 2013 at Pleasant Ridge Pioneer Cemetery west of Caldwell. Graveside services will be assisted by Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell.
A Celebration of Loren's Life will be held at 4:00 P.M. the same day at Boone Memorial Presbyterian Church (EPC), 14th and Dearborn Streets in Caldwell. Aaron Beaty will conduct both services. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Loren's name to Boone Memorial Presbyterian Church (checks made payable to "PC Reformed"), 406 S 14th Ave, Caldwell, ID 83605; the Kiwanis International Foundation, 3636 Woodview Trace, Indianapolis, IN 46268; or to
Dakan Funeral Chapel
504 South Kimball Avenue Caldwell, ID 83605
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Aug. 29, 2013