Thornton L. Audrain
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May 29, 1924
January 8, 2014
Thornton Audrain, 89, was born in Reno to William Royal and Martha Thornton Audrain on May 29, 1924, and died at home on January 8, 2014.
Thornton served proudly as a B-17 pilot in World War II and never lost his love of airplanes. After the War, he graduated from the University of Nevada where he was a member of Sigma Nu and eventually became a founding partner in the CPA firm of Freemonth, Hancock, Geyer and Audrain, later Pannel Kerr Forster, and continued to work as a licensed CPA through 2013. He believed his CPA certificate #93 was possibly the oldest active certificate in NV. He was involved with the Reno Air Races as a volunteer from its inception and served as Executive Director from 1987-96. As a young man he was an outstanding pitcher for the Levy-Zenter fast pitch softball team. He loved Northern Nevada and spent many happy days hunting, fishing, camping and skiing. Thornton was a generous man, remembered by many for behind-the-scenes help he provided over the years. He was a member of the Elks Club, Reno Mayor Advisors Council, Reno Sunrise Exchange Club, Reno YMCA, U. S. Army Air Corp Reserve, and the Lucky Bastard Club - Eighth Air force, 385th BG, 550th BS.
Thornton is survived by his daughters Linda Audrain of Corvallis, OR and Terry Opperman of Sparks, grandchildren Lindsey and Ryan Opperman of Sparks, and Ian Audrain-Skinner of Corvallis, plus four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by brother James Audrain (Rae) of Reno and sister Dawna Audrain Johnson (Don) of Fallon as well as much-loved nieces and nephews.
In accordance with Thornton's wishes, no services will be held. He will be cremated and his ashes scattered in the Nevada mountains he loved so well. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Jan. 15, 2014