Ralph Lloyd Van Orden (1952 - 2018)

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Ralph Lloyd Van Orden passed away on Jan. 5, 2018, at home in Emmett, Idaho, after battling an acute illness. He was beloved as a husband, father, loving son, brother, the fun uncle and a dear friend to so many. He was a mentor, example and spiritual guide who influenced thousands through his many leadership opportunities.
Ralph was born on July 23, 1952, to Dale Olson Van Orden and Fern Egbert Van Orden in San Diego, Calif., where Dale was stationed in the Navy. As a boy, Ralph lived in California, Japan, Maine and Libertyville, Ill. He graduated, in 1970, from Libertyville High School then attended and graduated from Brigham Young University. He served a two year mission for the Latter-day Saints Church in the Alaska, British Columbia Mission. He received a Master of Education at University of Alaska.
Ralph married the love of his life, Lavona Jean Snow. From there, the adventures of Ralph and Jeannie commenced and their many exciting and profound experiences as they went on to raise five children.
As an educator with the Church Education System of The , Ralph was able to help and teach numerous youth and young adults during his 34 year career in the role of seminary teacher, institute teacher and finally as coordinator in the greater Anchorage, Alaska, area. He also served the church as bishop of the North Pole, Alaska, Ward, and stake president for 10 years in Anchorage.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Lavona Jean "Jeannie" Snow; children, Jason (Melanie), Dan, Heather (Miguel) Cruz, Michael (Caitlin) and Amara; mother, Fern Van Orden; eight beautiful grandchildren; siblings, Richard (Vickie) Van Orden, Diane (Richard) Moon and Debra (David) Stauffer; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family who love him dearly.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Jan. 21 to Jan. 22, 2018
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