Lorin Dean Engelhardt died suddenly at the age of 56 on Friday, August 28, 2020, at his home in Bonney Lake. He was born February 7, 1964, in Longmont, Colorado to Doyle Curtis and Ruth Ann (Thompson) Engelhardt.
Lorin grew up in both Estes Park and Loveland, Colorado. He attended elementary and middle school in Estes Park, before moving with his family to Loveland where he went on to graduate from Loveland High School, where he was a two-sport athlete – playing both football and baseball. Following graduation from LHS, he attended the University of Northern Colorado for 1 year before moving to San Diego, CA in 1985. He worked in the landscaping business for more than 20 years. He met Donna in 1994 and they married in 1998. They had purchased their first home in San Marcos, CA. During many summers while Lorin was growing up, his family vacationed in the Pocatello, Idaho area. When Donna and Lorin decided to leave California, they chose to move to Pocatello because it was centrally located between both of their families in Colorado and Washington State. It was there that Lorin and Donna purchased the house of their dreams. After 8 years of winter, Donna and Lorin chose to move to Washington to be closer to family. After obtaining his Associate’s Degree in computer drafting and design, Lorin was hired by Stage Plan in Enumclaw, where he has worked for 5 years. In his spare time, he enjoyed spending time with his beloved chocolate lab, Dakota, and camping with Donna and their dogs. Lorin had a love and passion for nature and the outdoors and, although his health problems may have slowed him down, his love for the outdoors remained. His wife Donna maintained a career with Home Depot of 13 years and Lorin always helped with public events and public kids workshop. Lorin also loved the Denver Broncos and the Colorado Avalanche Hockey Team and was dedicated to spending every season watching his beloved teams – he bled Orange and Blue.
Lorin was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 17 and, eventually, required a double kidney/ pancreas transplant in April 2010. Of note, Lorin actually received notification that the transplant would occur just hours after the memorial service that was held for his mother, Ruth Ann after her passing.
Lorin is survived by his wife, Donna, of 22 years. He is also survived by his sister, Starla Engelhardt Pathak and her husband Ajay of Belmont, Mass. In addition, he is also survived by his nephews Ravi Pathak of Dallas, Texas, and his twin brother Vijay Pathak of Belmont, Massachusetts. Lorin loved hearing about their accomplishments and graduations from college. He is also survived by many cousins and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Doyle in 1976 and his mother, Ruth Ann in April 2010.
Services will be held on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at 1:00 pm, at Weeks’ Funeral Home in Buckley, Washington. He will be interred at Buckley City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kidney Transplant Department, in memory of Lorin Dean Engelhardt, through the Intermountain Foundation- IMED at PO Box 26722, Salt Lake City, UT 84126. If you prefer to call in a donation, you may contact them at 801-507-2040, or to donate online go to https://secure3.convio.net/ihchs/site/Donation2?df_id=1574&mfc_pref=T&1574.donation=form1.
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