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Memorial for Alvin Lafon

Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Jan. 25, 1927
Departed on Dec. 14, 2017 and resided in Albany, Oregon.
Service: Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017
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January 25, 1927---December 14, 2017

Reverend Alvin P. Lafon died peacefully in his sleep Thursday, Dec. 14 at the Mennonite Home in Albany. Al was born in Cambridge, MA. He married Dorothy(née Everroad) on Dec. 11, 1993. They recently celebrated 25 years together.

After serving in the Navy in WWII, Al graduated from Boston University and Berkeley Divinity School. He was ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1954, serving in parishes in Utah, Massachusetts and California. Throughout his ministry, Al was an ardent advocate for civil rights, non-violence and social causes.

Leaving the ministry, Al started a second career in personnel and administration in Saudi Arabia in 1978. He returned to the US in 1981 and in 1986 started a third career in the Retirement Community field in Palos Verdes, CA where he worked until retiring in 1996. He and Dorothy moved to the Mennonite Village in 1998. Al continued to assist with services at the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan in Corvallis.

Throughout his life, Al enjoyed golf and sang in the barbershop chorus — competing internationally with choruses from Palos Verdes and Salem.
He was a lifelong scholar, learning Greek and Arabic in retirement to further his understanding of the Bible as written in those ancient languages.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy Lafon, daughter Ellie McElroy and her husband Rob, his son David and his wife Nadine; Step son Kim Williams (Megan);and Step grandchildren Alethia Williams and Annika Williams; his former wife Joan Lafon, grandchildren Heather Beaver, Robert Beaver, Kevin McElroy and Casey McElroy and great-grandchildren Sean, Nora and Levi Beaver. He was preceded in death by his sister Barbara and daughter Marcia Gregory.

The family wishes to thank the loving staff and community of the Mennonite Village and Mennonite Home for their compassionate care and support.

A celebration of Al's life will be held Thursday, Dec. 21 at 11am at The Church of the Good Samaritan in Corvallis.

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