Val Serge Lava
1926 - 2004
"Honoring Beautiful Memories"
of words come to mind when you mention Val Lava: sweet, compassionate,
caring, helpful, and a tease. Val passed away on April 13, 2004.
Val was born to Russian parents in Krakow, Poland on December
24, 1926. He spent the next 14 years in the Russian city of Tashkent.
The event of World War II forced Val and his mother to relocate
to a camp for displaced persons in Germany. Seven years later
(1949), they immigrated to the United States. Val attended the
University of Washington in Seattle, receiving a degree in Electrical
Engineering. In 1964, he began working in Portland for the Bonneville
Val love being outdoors. He enjoyed gardening, hiking, fishing,
skiing, traveling and hunting. He was one of the original founders
of the Berg Freunde Ski Club, a club that was formed to plan activities
for families to do together. He also belonged to IEEE and CIGRE
and had many friends all over the world through his association
with these organizations.
Val met his wife, Ellanna, while working at the BPA. Gentleman
that he was, he showed up with a bouquet of flowers and asked
if he could take her out to dinner! Between their two families,
they have six children, thirteen grandchildren, and twelve great
grandchildren! He was called “Opa” by the grandchildren.
He was affectionately called “The Crazy Russian” by
friends because of his sense of humor and his love of good natured
teasing and a few practical jokes along the way. He is the only
person I know that would lift up the beaters of a mixer while
it was running, or saw off the branch of a tree that the ladder
was leaning against with him on the ladder.
We miss his smile and his laugh and the twinkle in his eye. Mostly
we miss his love.
Written by Val Lava's wife,