Forrest Carl Lange, known affectionately as "Tree," passed away on January 25, 2024, in Prescott Valley, AZ. Born on July 2, 1942, in Riverside, CA, Forrest led a remarkable life filled with accomplishments and a profound dedication to safety and integrity.
After a successful career in the electrical field, Forrest reached the esteemed position of a journeyman Engineer. His passion for safety led him to establish his own consulting company called P.D.T & C. Throughout his career, Forrest encountered adversity when he became a victim unsafe work practices and suffered an electric shock from very high voltage at the hands of a former employer. Nonetheless, he showed resilience and determination in overcoming this incident.
Forrest's dedication to excellence extended beyond his professional endeavors. He was an inspiration to those around him and mentored others to reach beyond their perceived limits. Always pushing himself and others to excel, Forrest instilled in others the belief that no matter what challenges life throws our way, we can rise above them.
Education was of great importance to Forrest, who pursued further learning through his involvement with the church. He served as a project manager for several foreign missions trips and earned a master's degree in business administration from West Coast University. Additionally, Forrest found joy in singing with the choir and cherished being part of their performances. One event that held a special place in his heart was the annual gathering at Disneyland.
Forest possessed an indomitable spirit and had a unique ability to see every angle of a situation. Known for his analytical mind, he would meticulously analyze problems and develop solutions with multiple potential outcomes. This approach garnered him tremendous respect among his peers and colleagues.
Having love for both adventure and the sea, Forrest embraced sailing as one of his treasured hobbies. He expressed his passion by owning a sailboat called the "Jennie II". The ocean captivated his heart so deeply that he even obtained his PADI certification to explore scuba diving and fully immerse himself in another aspect of the sea.
Despite facing significant challenges towards the end of his life, including managing blindness and battling undiagnosed terminal brain cancer, Forrest displayed resilience and unwavering faith. He remained a pillar of strength, sustained by his integrity and profound love for the Lord.
Among Forrest's proudest accomplishments was the development of a comprehensive curriculum aimed at providing safety training for new electrical engineers. His initiative and dedication to ensuring the well-being of others left an indelible mark on his profession, enabling countless engineers to have a safer working environment.
Family was a cornerstone of Forrest's life, and he was deeply loved by those closest to him. He is survived by his devoted wife of 60 years, Virginia, who provided unwavering support throughout their journey together. He leaves behind a loving daughter, Darlene, and her husband Bobby. Additionally, he will be dearly missed by his son Aaron, granddaughter Kristen, grandson Brandon and his wife Amanda, as well as their four great-grandchildren: Lorelai, Penelope, Eleanor, and Forrest. His sister Marie, nephew Greg, niece Patty, and adopted son Phil also mourn the loss of this extraordinary man.
Forrest Carl Lange will always be remembered as a dedicated professional who prioritized safety above all else. His analytical mind, unwavering integrity, and love for adventure touched the lives of many. As we bid farewell to a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend, and mentor today, let us celebrate the extraordinary life he led and carry forward his legacy of excellence in all that we do. May he rest in eternal peace knowing that his impact on this world will forever remain.