Loren was born in Moose Jaw, Sask., on December 5, 1959 and passed away on October 8, 2011 at the University of Alberta Hospital. He is survived by his soul mate, Bev Arlow; mother, Georgina MacDonald (Lloyd); father, Reg (Joanne); sister, Leslie Loken and sons, Andrew and Matthew (Vicki); brother, James (Leslie) and children, Jordan and Samantha; brother, Jeffrey (Glenys) and daughter, Annesia; as well as numerous family and friends. In addition, he leaves behind his beloved dog and companion, Emma.
Loren grew up in Calgary and Edmonton. Most of his working life was spent in the oilfield service industry, where he employed his substantial skills with computers. He was particularly proud of his role in developing, marketing and installing a computerized inventory management program; it is utilized today by most companies to maintain inventories of oilfield tubular goods.
When his health allowed, Loren lived life to the fullest. He learned to fly; took up skydiving and scuba diving; and he particularly enjoyed fishing in the Queen Charlottes. Avid fishers may have seen a television segment of a fishing show that featured Loren.
Loren suffered from heart disease most of his adult life. His life was prolonged through the expert care of many doctors and nurses, and ultimately through the LVAD program provided through the Mazankowski Heart Institute at the University of Alberta Hospital.
Loren’s dream of a heart transplant was realized on September 15, 2011 and he so looked forward to getting back to ‘normal’. Unfortunately, that was not to be and his heart failed on October 8, 2011. He was always most appreciative of the care he received, as is his family; they express their gratitude to the many who provided that care. The commitment and dedication shown was overwhelming. Heartfelt thanks are expressed to the doctors, nurses and staff at the University of Alberta Hospital for their care, kindness and compassion.