Malcom “Joe” Lafrenz died August 29, 2014 at MCMC after complications resulting from an accident on August 26, 2014.
He was born on April 16, 1943 to Carl and Mable (Mosolf) Lafrenz in Clyde, ND. Joe was the sixth child of eight. He grew up in Sarles, ND. He married Darlene Cates on November 21, 1964. They moved to The Dalles in August of 1965, and they had two children together. He and Darlene later divorced. Joe had resided in The Dalles since.
Upon moving to The Dalles, he worked on the John Day Dam construction project as a framing carpenter. He then managed/owned the local Texaco service station for 20+ years. After retiring from the service station, he went into ranching on a farm outside of The Dalles.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Carl and Mable Lafrenz; five brothers: Dick, Don, Ed, Mel and Kenny Lafrenz; and one sister: Irene Lafrenz Johnston.
He is survived by his companion of almost 23 years: Glenda Lai; sons: Danny Lafrenz (wife: Julia) and Douglas Lafrenz (wife: Keli); grandsons: Noah, Austin, Jacob, and Isaac Lafrenz; and younger brother: Bobby Lafrenz.
His hobbies included traveling many places with Glenda, fishing/hunting/camping, and sharing special times with a large circle of friends. In recent years, Joe was actively involved at A&P Recycle Co., where he spent many hours working to help his longtime friend, Paul Lepinski.
At Joe’s request, no funeral will be held. A ‘Celebration of Life’ will be determined at a later date.
Honorary pallbearers mentioned: Paul Lepinski, Michael Chaddic, Brian Charon, and Rusty Johnson.
Joe was a great man, a good friend to many, and a loving father and grandfather. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
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