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Loren Vincent Simnitt
On Tuesday, July 18th, 2023, Loren Vincent Simnitt returned to the loving arms of our Heavenly Father. He passed peacefully and naturally, surrounded by his wife and children.
Loren was born in Rupert, Idaho on June 13th, 1954, to Pearley Amos “Jack” and Rosella Hardy Simnitt. The youngest of 5 siblings and 3 half-siblings, he loved hunting, fishing, camping, and spending time with his family, especially seeing shows with his best friend and older sister, Beverley. The family spent most of their time living in Idaho and later California.
At the age of 17, he joined the United States Marine Corps. He achieved the rank of Corporal, and was stationed in: San Diego, California; Yuma, Arizona; Charleston, South Carolina; and Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. He was honorably discharged after completing 4 years of service in order to serve God as a Latter-Day Saint Missionary for 2 years in Caracas, Venezuela.
Loren loved the Lord and always sought to be of service to his family and fellow man. He served in many leadership positions. Loren dedicated his life to the Gospel. He often spoke of his love for the Lord and gratitude for the plan of salvation through which families can be together forever.
Following his mission, Loren attended Ricks College where he met the love of his life, Sharon. The two were married for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple on August 21st, 1980. Loren loved to spend time with Sharon reading, camping, fishing, playing board games, and singing. The family grew with the birth of their first child in 1984, followed by 6 additional children.
Family was everything to Loren. He valued his family above all else and showed them how to love and care for each other. He shared the activities he enjoyed with them, and through this, they grew up loving the outdoors, cooking, reading, music, jokes, the church, and traveling. Loren showed each child they were special by spending time with them individually – regardless of how busy or tired he was – in addition to activities as a group.
Loren always had a twinkle in his eye, and filled those around him with joy and laughter. He valued everyone and their time. He always treated others with love and respect. He used his talents to help others and volunteered in the community on the Hospital Board in Wyoming.
Loren valued education and acquired his MBA and MSA while he worked in the financial industry in private and public sectors.
Loren retired in 2022 and moved to Orlando, Florida where he was able to spend time with his children nearby. They often spent time reminiscing, listening to music, playing games, and watching his favorite movies together. He enjoyed visits from the other children and grandchildren and held a special place in his heart for each one.
Loren is preceded in death by his father, Pearley Amos “Jack” Simnitt; Mother, Rosella Hardy Simnitt; Sister, Darlene; Brothers, Richard “Dick” and Robert “Bob”; Half-Brothers, Jack, and Wendell; Half-Sister, Patricia; and numerous aunts, uncles, grandparents, and other family members.
He is survived by his sweetheart, Sharon; sister, Beverley Jean Judkins; 7 Children: Joshua Lee Simnitt, Sharon Elizabeth (James) Soares, Caleb Spencer (Dorothy) Simnitt, Rosella JoAnn Simnitt, Beverley Jean (Kirby) Keith, Samuel Joseph Simnitt, Melissa Darlene Simnitt; and 8 Grandchildren: Jacob Ewerthon, Emily Elise, Julia Elizabeth, Freya Rose, Ayden James, Lanikai Loren, Leilani Lin, and Luke Norman.
Just as Loren celebrated our lives, we will join together to celebrate his on Friday, July 21st, 2023, at 10 am. The service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 8450 Silver Star Road, Orlando, FL 32808
Internment and military honors will be held at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery, 5525 US-1, Mims, FL 32754