Paul “Loran” Levings, of La Pine, Ore., passed away March 6, 2013.
Loran was born April 25, 1929 in Tacoma, Wash. He was the oldest of six children, four brothers and one sister. He graduated from Drain High School in 1947 and went on to study at Southern Oregon College, receiving a BS in Education. He then received his Master of Education degree at The University of Oregon in 1967.
Loran was raised to work in the woods and sawmills most of his early years. After graduating from college, he became an elementary and middle school teacher, moving on to administration as an elementary school principal in the South Lane School District. He then had a successful stint as an insurance broker for American Bankers before he returned back to what he loved the most; working in the woods. He finished his working years back in the classroom, teaching where his education began with the North Douglas School District in Drain.
Upon retirement he and his wife, Jo, moved to La Pine where Loran became active in many of the town organizations including Meals on Wheels, the Senior Center and the Moose Lodge. Loran was an avid hunter and fisherman. He and Jo traveled around the country, Canada and Mexico with their Winnebago clubs and chapters.
Levings is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Joanne Hawkins Levings, four daughters, Susan, Debra, Lori and Patti along with their husbands, 17 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his five stepchildren; Ann, Philip, Lisa, Sally and Susan along with their spouses, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial celebration will be held on April 25, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Moose Lodge in La Pine.