Thor Edvalson, 59, of Baker City, died on February 2, 2021 at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. A Memorial/Celebration of Thor's Life will be held on Friday, February 26, 2021 - 11:00 a.m. at the Harvest Church in Baker City.
Thor was born on July 13, 1961 at the Grand Ronde Hospital to Terry and Myrna (Rees) Edvalson. Thor attended grade school in Micronesian Islands and Jr. High Prepatory Academy on the Big Island of Hawaii and graduated from La Grande High School in 1980.
He and Johanna were married January 19, 2016. Barb Borello, a good friend of theirs, introduced them in 2014.
Thor began his career with DOC at Snake River Correctional Institution as a correctional officer in 1995 and transferred to Powder River Correctional Facility in 2003. He had just celebrated 26 years with the department and was anxiously planning for retirement with his wife Johanna.
Thor was well liked and respected by staff and adults in custody alike. His perpetual smile, sense of humor and no-nonsense attitude were just a few traits that served him well on and off the job. Thor spent many of his years at PRCF as a Work Crew Supervisor and took great pride in the work that was done around Baker, Grant and Union Counties. He used to say, "Every day is a good day when you get to be outside." He then moved to Receiving & Discharge so that he could be close by and take days off.
When his wife got cancer, then wrecked her motorcycle, other than that, no matter what the task, if it was assigned to Thor, it got done. He would simply say, "I'll take care of it," and you knew he would. Thor had a genuine interest in people and took every opportunity to make people laugh.
Thor enjoyed Sailing, swimming and scuba diving n the Islands. He loved cave exploring and camping on his favorite island Palau. He loved camping, fishing and kayaking with his wife and grandkids. His favorite football teams were the Oregon Ducks and the Steelers.
His favorite saying, was "No one listens to Edvalson." Thor made friends with everyone, he had a great smile, was always willing to lend a hand.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Myrna (Rees) Edvalson.
Thor is survived by his wife Johanna, daughters Maggie Guthrie and Ryan Edvalson; step-daughter Kailyn McQuisten; step-son Andrew Davis; his father Terry and Pat Edvalson; brothers Barry Edvalson, Kelly Edvalson; 6 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
For those who would like to make a memorial donation in memory of Thor, the family suggests the Cancer Support Group through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services PO Box 543 Halfway, Oregon 97834. Online condolences may be shared at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com. Please note: This service will be live streamed. Go to www.bakercityharvest.org - scroll to the bottom and click youtube.com