Sanna LeVan was born Sanna Gustava Urie in Seward, Alaska in 1930, where her father ran the Seward Bakery. Sanna attended school in Seward, and then in 1948, at age 18, she married Duane LeVan. They have two children. The LeVan's have exciting stories to tell about surviving the 1964 Earthquake. The LeVans are outdoor enthusiasts who lead an active lifestyle of hiking and cross-country skiing, are avid birdwatchers, and keep daily records of weather conditions and bird sightings.