Loren Byer, age 83, passed away at his home in Grants Pass, Oregon on November 22, 2018.
Born January 3, 1935 in San Francisco, California, raised in Berkeley, he graduated from Berkeley High with the Class of 54. He enlisted in the United States Air Force serving from ’55 to ’59 spending two years of oversees service in Japan as a Motion Picture Documentation Specialist. He joined Sea Scouts in 1951. He was active with the S.S.S. Northland, a sea scout ship originally based out of Berkeley rising to the rank of Skipper before retiring after 49 years of involvement with the program. He was a former member and deacon of Thousand Oaks Baptist Church in Berkeley. Loren worked as a film processor developing news footage for local and national television stations with Leo Diner Films in San Francisco and a screening room operator for Fantasy Records in Berkeley before retiring in 2005. Later in 2005, he moved to Grants Pass, Oregon to be closer to his daughters and their families.
Besides working on the Northland he enjoyed history, reading, listening to music and old radio programs.
Loren is survived by his wife of 58 years Catherine; daughters Jayne Ramseyer and Margaret Morgan and husband Keith Morgan; grandson Bryan Morgan and wife Teresa; granddaughter Alyssa Haptonstall and husband Michael; grandsons Grant Ramseyer and Ian Ramseyer; great-granddaughter Abbigail Haptonstall; and great-grandsons Nolan Haptonstall and William Morgan.
He is preceded in death by his father Merle Byer; mother Olive Loop and former son-in-law Rodney Ramseyer.
A memorial service will be at 3:00 p.m., December 7, 2018 at Hull & Hull Funeral Directors, 612 NW A Street, Grants Pass, Oregon. Final interment will be at Rolling Hills in Richmond, California.