Loren Lee White Sr., of White Shield, was born April 18, 1953, at Garrison Memorial Hospital at Garrison to Eugene Sr. and Matilda (Waters) White. Loren made his journey into the spirit world at the age of 60 on Monday, July 1, 2013, surrounded by his family.
Loren was an extremely amazing and talented athlete. During his high school years he excelled in both track and field and basketball. During his senior year he was recruited to play basketball for St. Mary's of New England at New England. During that year their basketball team went to the state championship. He continued his basketball career at Minot State College for a year and then returned home to raise his first-born son. He continued playing independent basketball throughout his lifetime and won numerous championships, MVP and All-Tourney awards. He continued and shared his love for the game of basketball through mentoring, coaching and refereeing both grade and high school students during their games.
Loren married the love of his life, Jodie, and they had two sons, Loren Jr. "Beaver" and Mercury. Loren helped raise his beloved brother Tyrone's sons, Lance and Lyle, from the ages of 6 through 13. Loren considered both Lance and Lyle as his sons.
Loren was a well-known and accomplished musician throughout his lifetime. During his grade and high school years he received numerous awards for his drumming abilities and musical talent. He placed first in state music drumming competitions repeatedly. He played, started and toured with numerous bands over the years. He was an excellent drummer and taught many others how to play as well.
Loren was a great carpenter and was a perfectionist in everything he did while working in the carpentry field for nearly 40 years. He excelled in all aspects of carpentry and worked for Fort Berthold Housing Authority in various capacities for more than 30 years, most recently as the renovation/construction superintendent.
Loren had a natural affinity and love for all animals. He raised three baby hawks and taught them how to fly and released them into the wild. They remained around his home for several years and when he would call them by imitating the hawk's call they would appear out of nowhere and would circle above or land close to him.
Loren loved and respected everyone with all of his heart and never refused to help anyone in need nor did he ever look the other way or deny anyone who asked for his assistance by any means. Loren was a loving and caring father, uncle, brother-in-law, son-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend and husband. Loren will be missed terribly by all of his family and loved ones and by all his friends.
Funeral Service: Friday, July 5, at 10 a.m., in Ralph Wells Memorial Complex, White Shield.
Wake Service: Today, July 4, at 5 p.m. in the complex.
Burial plans are pending.
Visitation will be today, Thursday, from 3 to 4 p.m., at Thompson Funeral Home in Garrison.
All arrangements will be handled by Thompson Funeral Home in Garrison.