Alumni Happenings - February 2005
Grand County High School
Kerry Lange - GCHS Alumni
by Jeff Richards
High alumni Lorrie Drake Lange (Class of 1980) and Kerry
Lange (Class of 1975) began dating each other during
Lorrie’s senior year of
high school, and were married two years after her graduation.
The Langes, owner-operators of Desert West Office Supply and JC Penney
catalog store, are often seen taking tickets at GCHS sports events, including
football and basketball games.
try to support the high school kids and help out at various events,” says
Lorrie, adding that they both enjoy wearing their red shirts to support
the Red Devils. Kerry explains that their Desert West work shirts are
red because oftentimes he and Lorrie will go straight over to the school
from work to volunteer or attend a sports event.
Lifelong residents of the Moab area, the Langes are the parents of three
children: Brianna, 20, Kelby, 18, and Caitlin, 16. All attended Grand
County High School. Brianna, who participated in debate, tennis, and
soccer while at GCHS, is currently attending Westminster College in Salt
Lake. Kelby, who played on the GCHS golf team, is now enrolled at Utah
Valley State College in Orem. Caitlin is a junior at GCHS, where she
has been involved in such activities as Future Chefs, FBLA, fundraising
for prom, and track.
Clearly, the Lange family bleeds “Devil Red,” and school
spirit is a matter of pride. “We are proud of our school, and try
to encourage kids to take pride in it,” says Lorrie.
Both Lorrie and Kerry have fond memories of attending GCHS. “One
thing I remember is how to diagram sentences,” Lorrie recalls. “But
I have to say that I have never used this skill in my adult life! Sorry,
Kerry remembers learning “word study” from Granny Griffin.
He also remembers “having hair, at least” during high school,
an understatement that is clearly evidenced by his yearbook photo.
have enjoyed making Moab their home while raising their children. “I
like Moab,” says Kerry. “I like the varied recreational opportunities,
and watching the community change.”
“I enjoy the kicked-back way of life,” adds Lorrie. When not at work
or attending school events, the Langes like to participate in quiet activities,
such as gardening and doing projects around the house.
While attending high school, Kerry lived 30 miles north of Moab in Crescent
Junction, where he helped with the family business, a restaurant and
truck stop. By the time Lorrie was a senior in high school, Kerry had
moved to Moab. They dated off and on for a couple of years before getting
married in 1982. Kerry worked as a truck driver at the time.
In 1996, the Langes bought Spencer’s Printing and Stationery store,
which had been in business in Moab for some 35 years. They changed the
name of the company to Desert West Office Supply, and were located on
Bittle Lane for a while before moving to South Town Plaza. Then, in 2002,
they moved to their current location at 53 West 100 South, just west
of Zax Pizza, which opened for business around the same time. In November
2004, they acquired the JC Penney catalog store and moved that business
to the same location as their office supply store.
really think that people should give back to the community in some way.
We just choose to use the schools as our venue,” Kerry explains. “People
like us, who don’t have a lot of money, all they can do is give
their time. Over the years, we’ve definitely gotten more out of
it than we’ve given.”
“But (the commitment) doesn’t have to be a full-time thing,” Kerry
adds. “Even if it’s just every once in awhile, the schools and the
kids just need the community’s help and support.”
“Our kids are the future,” Kerry adds. “Everyone in this community
is influenced by high school students in some way.”
“There are a lot more opportunities and activities now than there used
to be, especially for the girls,” Kerry notes. Even so, he laments the
fact that the town used to be centered around the high school, but is not so
“There just needs to be more people involved,” he says. “You
really see things from a different perspective when you get involved. Everyone
always hears the negative things first, but they really need to know all the
good things that are going on.”
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