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Our precious Alven died peacefully February 18, 2013 at 2 a.m. after three years of declining health. He is now with God and loved ones who were waiting for him in Heaven.
Alven P. Hjorten
Alven was born September 2, 1930 to Anna and Peder Hjorten, both of whom had immigrated from Norway. Alven's father was a fisherman, and as a boy and young man Alven spent a lot of time with his dad trolling in their boat, the Vider II. In the winter he helped make and sell fishing spoons.
In 1953, Alven graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Electrical Engineering. While at the University, Alven was in the ROTC, and upon graduation, he was assigned to Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH. A few years later, the Air Force sent him to the University of Michigan where he earned two master degrees.
While they were both students, Alven and Sallie met at the University Lutheran Church and they married a year later in 1958. Soon after their marriage, Alven was transferred to Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogodo, New Mexico, where their first two children were born, Karl in 1960 and Lisa in 1962. When Lisa was three months old, her father was transferred to the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado where Alven was an Associate Professor. While there, their second daughter was born in 1964. In 1967, the family left the Academy and moved to Redlands, California where Alven was assigned to Norton Air Force Base for four years. His final assignment was at Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, New York.
He retired in 1974 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and the family finally settled down in Snohomish, Washington where Alven and Sallie have lived for 39 years. In 1976, the family bought an old house on Maple Street and transformed it into Cadyville Fashions, which turned out to be a successful venture. Nevertheless, Sallie and Alven closed the shop in 1982 so they could visit Karen, who was in Norway as an exchange student.
Once back in Snohomish, Alven used his considerable talents to design and construct a garage with a workshop in their backyard. He also loved going to the Everett Marina to work on his Thunderbird sailboat.
For a number of years, Alven was chairman of the Board of Adjustments for the City of Snohomish. He was also a devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church where he served for many years as usher coordinator.
In Heaven, Alven is now with his beloved daughter, Karen, who was killed by a drunk driver in 1995 when she was 30 years old.
He leaves behind his wife of 54 years, Sallie; his son, Karl and wife, Alana; daughter, Lisa; granddaughters, Karina and Lavina Fuller and Kelly and her husband, CJ Tabit; and brother, Lewis.
We all will miss you so much, Alven. You have been an outstanding husband and father, loved by many. We are happy, though, that you are in a better place, and all your suffering is over. Someday we all will be together again.
We want to thank the loving and competent care of the wonderful hospice staff at Providence Hospital in Everett as well as our church family, neighbors and friends who have supported Sallie through this very difficult year.
A Memorial Service will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Snohomish on 13th Street, Sunday, March 3, 2013, 3 p.m.
Memorial gifts in Alven's name may be designated to First Presbyterian Church of Snohomish, Center for Wooden Boats or the Everett Gospel Mission.
Published in The Herald (Everett) from Feb. 27 to Mar. 1, 2013