Van Lynn LaMaster, a 40 year resident of the Rogue Valley, passed away July 16, 2014 at Alderwood Assisted Living in Central Point, Ore. He was 70 years old.

The son of Orla Raymond LaMaster and Astrid Maren Jensen LaMaster, Van was born in Vallejo, Calif. May 27, 1944. As a youth, he spent much of his time surfing even building his own board. In 1962 he joined the U.S. Navy and was active in the Pacific Fleet until his discharge in 1965. At that time, he got married and moved to Iowa where he farmed and worked in bridge construction. Three-years later, he moved to Ashland, Ore.; his marriage ended shortly thereafter.

Van lived the rest of his life in the Rogue Valley, working as a carpenter and painter. He was always there when a friend needed something painted, fixed, or built. He was meticulous in his work, and it showed in the finished product.

He loved to ride and did so with many different friends, some who remember him on his H-D Knuckle chopped pan frame, 28" over springer and drag barsthat thing took a mile to turn, but he did it well!-Brian S. Van loved to be with his friends, he loved to visit, and, as quiet as it's kept, he loved to party. He was an honest man, a loyal friend, and good companyVan was a stand up guy.

Though we will miss his smiling face, if we listen hard, we can hear him just down the road the roar of his van, now softened by distance, and the sweet sounds from the many bells hanging within. Do you hear it? It's Vanagain!

Van is survived by his brother, David (Barbara) LaMaster of Park Rapids, Minn. and their four sons. The family wishes to acknowledge the following people for the priceless help given to Van during the last years of his life: Marlan and Valerie Wallace; the Fay sisters; the staff at Alderwood Assisted Living and Asante Hospice; and the ministry of Rev. Douglas Vold.

Inurnment will be at Eagle Point National Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at a later date.