Jul 252012

Valden Flake Rencher passed away six months ago at 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, in Phoe-nix. A graveside service was held Jan. 23 at the R.V. “Mike” Ramsay Memorial Cemetery in Snowflake.
He was born Oct. 10, 1944, in Torrance, Calif., the fourth child of Joseph Lynn and Aften Flake Rencher.
When Val was 31/2, his family moved to a 10-acre farm in Farmington, N.M., where he became a success-ful 4-H gardener and an eager, young fisherman. Ten years later, his family relocated to Boulder, Colo. There he completed his high school years, learned to play the guitar and earned his license to fly small aircraft.
Val filled an LDS mission in Australia, and was privileged to visit New Zealand and Tahiti as he traveled back to the states.
He married Debra Evensen on Aug. 13, 1968. They had three children and some happy years together be-fore they divorced.
Val then lived in Ft. Morgan, Colo., Houston and Arlington, Texas, and Snowflake before settling in Phoe-nix.
Val enjoyed life. He enjoyed people and nature and music. He loved his children, and he loved learning. Some of his favorite places were libraries, college campuses, museums, planetariums, mountains and rivers. He was serious about politics, studied other cultures and languages, and proudly became an enthusiastic patron of the arts, regularly attending operas, symphonies and ballets.
Some special people in Val’s closing days were his friends, Dawn Halvorson, Dolly Luedde, Arling and Norma Morrison, John and Shirley Victor, and his faithful neighbor, Davina Howlett.
Survivors include two brothers, three sisters and three brothers-in-law, Ron of Salt Lake City, Dennis of Yakima, Wash., Marilyn (Julian) Ralph of Albuquerque, N.M., Lureen (Kenneth) Orchard and Velda (Ken-neth) Anderson of Canon City, Colo.; his children, Christopher, Valene and Joseph Evensen; two grandchil-dren; and many nieces, nephews, and caring cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his younger brother, Dwaine; a nephew, Gregory Roberts; and his special friend, Professor Don Halvorson.
Owens Livingston Mortuary of Snowflake was in charge of the arrangements.