by Jay Wintermeyer
COLLEGE PLACE, Wash., February 12, 2013 – Morris L. Venden, well known husband, father, Seventh-day Adventist preacher, teacher, and author, passed to his rest Sunday evening, February 10, 2013. Venden was 80 years old and died following a 10-year battle with FTD, a comparatively rare form of dementia. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, son, Lee, and his wife, Marji, daughters, Lynn and LuAnn Venden, grandchildren, Kris, Lindsey and Mark, his brother, Louis, and his wife, Margie Venden.
During his life, Venden pastored several large churches including the La Sierra University Church and Pacific Union College Church in California and the Union College Church in Nebraska. Later he pastored the Azure Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church near Loma Linda, California, from which he retired in August 1998. Venden then joined the Voice of Prophecy team as an associate speaker.
In addition to writing more than 30 books about Jesus, Venden was a widely sought-after speaker and has been described as a master of the art of preaching, who loved Jesus.
Venden’s son, Lee, said “Dad will be remembered for the one string on his violin that he consistently talked about; Jesus, and the privilege available to everyone to have a meaningful friendship with Him. At this point it seems clear Dad will be able to sleep this disease off; the long sleep from our perspective, the short sleep from his.”
Venden’s memorial service will be held in the Loma Linda University Church, on Sunday, March 3, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, or for those wishing to contribute to a memorial fund, the family requests that gifts be sent (In Memory of Morris L. Venden) to the SonBridge Community Center in College Place, Wash. or to Maranatha Schools and 1-Day Churches.