Alan Ray VanWagner, 72, of Clark Fork, Idaho, passed away on Aug. 11, 2016, in Sandpoint, Idaho.
Alan was born in Auburn, Wash., on July 4, 1944. He was adopted at birth by Jerome and Clara VanWagner.
He was raised in Watford City, N.D. and graduated from high school in 1962. He held track and field records there for many years.
Alan also met the love of his life, Patricia Patterson, in Watford City. He later moved to Sunnyvale, Calif., and Pat soon followed. They were married on Oct. 4, 1962.
Alan worked many years as a carpenter; from Calif. and Colo. in the 60’s, to Alberta and British Columbia, Canada in the 70’s, back to Watford City in the 80’s and finally to Clark Fork, Idaho in 1991. Soon after moving to Clark Fork, Alan began beekeeping with his son-in-law, Kris. This became Clark Fork River Honey Company.
Alan attended Cabinet Mountain Calvary Chapel in Clark Fork for many years. He loved Jesus, family, food, friends, hunting, fishing and giving big bear hugs.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Pat. His parents, Jerome and Clara, his son Glen and his second wife, Louise.
He is survived by two daughters, Sherry (Kris) Wold of Clark Fork, Idaho, and Lana (Gary) Brennan of Bowman, N.D. Seven grandchildren, Brandon, Michael, Kalynn, Dillon, Heather, Josie and Matthew; and six great-grandchildren, Roger, James, Aria, Theo, Kaison and Charlie.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 3, at 2 p.m., at Cabinet Mountain Calvary Chapel in Clark Fork, Idaho.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Bonner Gospel Mission or The Gideon’s.
Lakeview Funeral Home in Sandpoint is handling the arrangements.
Please visit Alan’s online memorial at www.lakeviewfuenral.com and sign his guest book.