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Loran LeRoy Hirschi

February 11, 1943 — September 4, 2023

Loran LeRoy Hirschi, 80, was called home on Monday, September 4, 2023. He was born to loving parents on February 11, 1943 in Montpelier, Idaho, the fourth child born to LeRoy Hirschi and Naomi Dalrymple Keetch.
He grew up in St. Charles, Idaho with his siblings DeVon, Jean, LaNae, Doreen, Colleen, and Donna. He helped his dad on the family farm milking cows and putting up hay. In his free time, he loved to fish, hunt and water ski at Bear Lake.
When he was eight years old, he tragically lost his twelve-year-old sister, Jean, to polio. He always looked forward to the time he would be reunited with her.
He attended elementary school in St. Charles, where his favorite teacher was his mother. He graduated from Fielding High School in Paris, Idaho in 1961. In 1962, he served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the West Central States mission, with its headquarters in Billings, Montana. He loved his mission and would often share mission experiences with his family.
After he returned home, he attended Utah State University, studying auto and diesel technology, and graduated in December of 1967.
While at USU, he met his future wife, Marcile Grandy, on a blind date. They were married on June 15, 1967 in the Logan LDS Temple. A year later, they moved to Oregon where Loran took a job first working for the Hyster company, then switched careers and taught auto mechanics at Oregon City High School. They lived in Oregon for eight years, spending most of their time in Gresham. In the summer of 1976, while visiting family in Cache Valley, a job opportunity presented itself teaching auto mechanics at Logan High School. Applying for and receiving the position was a huge blessing for the Hirschis, who now had the opportunity to live closer to family. When the program moved to Bridgerland, Loran moved with it, retiring from teaching in 2009. Loran and Marcile purchased a home in Logan near Hillcrest Elementary, where they have lived for the past 47 years. They were blessed with seven children, five born in Gresham, and two in Logan.
One of Loran’s favorite projects was building a house, adjacent to his childhood home, with his dad in St. Charles. The Hirschi Hideout became a special gathering place for not only his siblings but their children and grandchildren for the next 40 years.
He and Marcile served in the Logan Temple from 2009 to 2015. In the summer of 2015, they served as full-time temple missionaries in Nauvoo, Illinois. Loran served most of his adult life as a Scout leader or as a member of a bishopric.
Loran could fix anything and helped countless people with their vehicles and small engine repairs. He was interested in other people and always willing to jump in and serve when needed. He loved spending time outdoors, playing racquetball, watching USU sports, and spending time with his family. His family and his faith were more important to him than anything else.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, DeVon; sisters Jean, LaNae (Neil) Morgan, and Doreen Quinton; and grandchildren, Zachary and Tiffany Wellard, and Hunter and Austin Loveless.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marcile, Logan, UT; children, Susan (Clint) Wellard, Bennett, CO; Jeffrey (Elizabeth), Smithfield, UT; Gregory (Deborah), North Logan, UT; Brian (Jaimee), North Logan, UT; Sandra (Pete) Isom, Williston, ND; Brent, Garden City, UT; Mark (Kristen), Hyrum, UT; 23 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; and sisters Colleen (Grant) Widmer and Donna (Von) Stocking; sister-in-law Udell Hirschi, Buckley, WA; and brother-in-law Dee Quinton, Summerland, BC, Canada.

There will be a viewing Friday, September 8th from 6:00-8:00 pm at Nelson Funeral Home (162 E 400 N, Logan, Utah). Another viewing will take place Saturday, September 9th from 10:00-10:45 am with the funeral at 11:00 am, both at the LDS Chapel 875 N 1500 E, Logan, Utah. The funeral will be streamed live on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/live/FGL0w3U9Ua8 There will be a graveside service at the St. Charles, Idaho cemetery at 4:00 pm.
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