Feb 13, 2009
by WLJ

Roland Ryan Lodge

Roland Ryan Lodge was born Sept. 1, 1937, in Caldwell, ID, and died Jan. 16, 2009, in Paradise Valley, AZ. As the youngest son of Norman C. and Mary Lodge, Roland lived in Caldwell and spent his summers working on the Lodge Ranch at Jordan Valley, OR. During his high school years, he was active in football. Roland attended the University of Idaho, graduating in the top 10 of his class, receiving a BS in agricultural animal health. He was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity. During his freshman year, he developed osteomyelitis.

Roland was always in a hurry to get on with life, to be his own man, and to make his mark in the world. He was hired by Commercial Solvents in San Francisco, CA. His career was interrupted by the draft. He served two years in the Army as a chaplain’s assistant.

On Aug. 17, 1963, Roland married Darleen Peach Clintsman in Priest River, ID, and on Feb. 28, 1978, his son, Ryan Ralph, was born in Spokane, WA. Roland returned to Commercial Solvents and then over the years, his job as cattle specialist evolved through the merger of three companies. Later he began in a new direction with Oxion Inc. with Jim Persinger, focusing on a totally different emphasis of water penetration in agriculture and cattle, moving as always into the future. During Roland’s 50-year career, he traveled the world many times over meeting world business leaders and found the challenges presented to him exhilarating.

From privileged society to the workers in the field, he gained understanding and ability to look at individuals and their values, dreams and hopes. He developed the ability to transport himself beyond the limits that are static in most people. Roland was a most humble man, and leaves a legacy of comfort, generosity, caring and understanding. Complex and private, he conducted his life in simple truths and with devotion and loyalty. Roland had deep affection for his family and friends. He took pleasure in fishing and barbecuing a variety of delicious meat, fish and vegetables for both small and large groups. Roland is survived by his wife of 45 years, Darleen Peach Lodge of Paradise Valley and his son, Ryan Ralph Lodge of Sandpoint and Priest Lake, ID, along with three brothers, Norman (Tubo) Lodge and wife Sandy of Boise, ID, William Lodge and wife Patsy of Caldwell, ID, and Edward Lodge and wife Patty Ann of Caldwell, ID. Visitation, Rosary and funeral mass were all held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Phoenix.