Loren D. Hicks
November 7, 1919 - April 26, 2014
Loren D. Hicks passed away peacefully at his home in Salem, Oregon on April 26, 2014, at the age of 94. Loren was born in Salem on November 7, 1919, the son of Tero M. Hicks and Eva DeGuire Hicks, both of whom were also born in Oregon, the children of early pioneer families.
Upon graduation from Salem High School in 1938, Loren enrolled at Willamette University, from where he graduated in 1942. Shortly thereafter he entered the army
for World War II
and served in Scotland and France, rising to the rank of Captain. Following the war, he joined the army reserve, from which he retired in 1976 with the rank of Colonel.
Loren graduated from Willamette University College of Law in 1949 and practiced law in Salem until 1957, when he was appointed Assistant Attorney General in the office of Secretary of State Mark Hatfield. Beginning in January 1959, he served six years as legal Counsel to Governor Hatfield. In January 1960, he was appointed Circuit Court Judge for Marion County, a position he held for two years. He then served for five years, by appointment of the Oregon Supreme Court, as a pro tem judge in various Circuit Courts of Oregon and as judge of the Oregon Tax Court. In 1972, the Supreme Court appointed him to the newly created position of State Court Administrator, from which he retired in 1980 after combining the staffs of the Oregon Supreme Court and Oregon Court of Appeals into a single staff and laying the ground work for the state trial courts becoming a statewide system supported entirely by state funds under the direction of the Supreme Court through the State Court Administrator's office. Also under his direction the records and publication of opinions of the appellate courts were changed from manual to computer systems and computers were introduced in the Oregon trial courts.
During and after his career as a lawyer, judge, and court administrator, Loren was also active in various business pursuits, including the Salem Title Company, Western Broadcasting Company, a livestock ranch in Turner, and real estate investments and development. For thirty eight years he and a partner owned and operated a company in Canby, OBC Northwest, that manufactured grain, seed and potato bags and distributed supplies and equipment to the nursery industry throughout the west coast.
Loren was also very much involved in many community organizations, including the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, Salem Downtown Rotary, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Salem Cherrians, Salem Community Council, Salem Exchange Club, Willamette University Alumni Association, and the Turner Methodist Church. He also served on the School Board of Cascade Union High School. In 1995, the Salem Chamber of Commerce recognized him with its Distinguished Service Award and in 1997 Willamette University honored him with a Distinguished Alumni Citation.
Despite his many accomplishments in the field of law and in the business world, Loren always put his family first. He often said that his success as a family man was more important to him than success in anything else. He met his wife, Muriel Thomson, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, while he was stationed in Glasgow with the Army Medical Department during World War II. They became engaged and later married when Muriel arrived in America in June 1947. He was always a devoted husband to Muriel and a loving father, grandfather, mentor, and role model to his three children, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. The entire family particularly enjoyed twenty-seven years of extended summer cruising on their comfortable and seaworthy twin diesel cruiser, Annie Laurie, in the waters surrounding Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Loren was loved and admired by his entire family, and they are comforted by the knowledge that he knew it. The entire family held a Celebration of Life for Loren on May 1 at the home of his grandson Aaron Hicks, M.D. and his wife Kathleen in Multnomah Village.
The family wishes to extend its heart-felt gratitude to Debbie Miller, M.D. and her medical assistant Susie for the attentive and compassionate care they provided to Loren in his final years. It meant so much to him and all of us.
Loren was preceded in death by his parents and older sister, Doris McMullen. He is survived by his wife; daughter Evelyn of Portland; sons Graham of Beaverton and Kenneth of Denver; grandchildren Aaron, Lauren (Schmidt), Taryn (Hartley), and Cameron; and five great-grandchildren.
At Loren's request there will be no services. The family suggests that remembrances be donations to the Salvation Army of Salem, Oregon, 1977 Front St. N.E., Salem, Oregon, 97301, in Loren's memory. Arrangements by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.