Oran Jean Oran Jean was born in Cochise County in Webb, Arizona, which city was named after his Grandfather Webb. He was raised in Douglas, Arizona on the Mexican Border. Oran had six brothers, Lark, Ben, Eddy, Melvin, Archie and Orville; and six sisters; Ella, Nina, Viola, Ora, Della and Earline. When Oran was in the 10th grade he quit High School and worked in the Copper Mines, Bixby, Arizona. After the mines flooded and closed, he went to California to work as a Hotel Bell Hop and then in the Shipping Yards. He loved hard work and enjoyed dancing. Oran met the love of his life, Francis Elaine Carter, in Richmond, California. On October 15, 1942, they were married "till death do we part". Later Oran and Francis were sealed together for "time and eternity" in the Oakland Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. A few months after marriage, Oran was drafted into the U.S. Army and spent 3 three years fighting Germans in World War II. He was a brave US Soldier and accounted to many occurrences where he should have been killed but because of his faith and close relationship to God, was protected. He was a decorated soldier, earning a Bronze Star. After World War II, Oran reunited with his love and they raised two boys, Don and Richard. Oran loved his job working for 32 years and as a plumber. He continued to work hard until he retired due to back injuries. Oran was preceded in death by 12 of his siblings and his wife, Francis. He is survived by his sister, Earline and his sons, Don and Richard. Oran Jean was a bold proclaimer of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and can say as Paul, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course; I have kept the faith". 2 Timothy 4:7. Visitation will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 650 N. Lovers Lane in Visalia. Funeral services will be held at 12:30 pm Monday, February 4, 2013 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 650 N. Lover Lane, Visalia, CA Tributes and condolences may be made at www.millerchapel.com. Arrangements entrusted to Miller Memorial Chapel, 1120 W. Goshen Avenue, Visalia, CA 93291 (559)732-8371.
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Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Feb. 2, 2013