Loren Christian, 90, a quiet, honest, and hard working man, passed away on September 26th. He was born October 7, 1926 to Jeff and Velma Christian in Modesto, CA.
He spent most of his childhood in Denair, CA. During World War II, Loren served aboard the USS General A.E. Anderson troop transport ship that helped bring home freed American prisoners from the Battle of Bataan. He was a man of many careers: self-employed dairyman, grain-dryer operator, lumber salesman, and maintenance supervisor for Hilmar School District. Though he retired at age 72, he never stopped working. Up until a few weeks before his passing, he could be seen in his yard raking leaves or pruning bushes (much to our dismay!)
Many projects at his kids’ homes were completed with Dad as the foreman of “Christian Construction.” He spent many hours helping others and was always willing to lend his hand or offer advice on a project. Loren passed on his strong work ethic and many skills to his four sons and his grandkids. His legacy of honest, hard work lives on through them.
Many good family times were enjoyed, including good laughs at the annual Monterey Jazz Festival and the “boys’” annual trip to Lake Tahoe. He was always smiling and cracking jokes in his quiet, witful manner. Dad will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Mona; his brother, Wayne Christian; his sisters, Delores Bowman and Phyllis Womack; his sons, Mark (Linda), Brad (Christie), Colin (Gloriann) and Eric (Martha); and by his 8 grandchildren and 6 (soon to be 7) great-grandchildren.
He is predeceased by his parents, Jeff and Velma Christian and his sister, Rena Mae Laughlin.
At Dad’s request, a private family service will be held.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the We Care Program: P.O. Box 1291, Turlock, CA 95381 or at https://wecareturlock.org/.