Words fail to express our grief at the passing of our beloved father, grandfather, and friend, Lewis Wayne Horrocks. He died peacefully on February 14, 2013, while listening to his and Mom's favorite love song.
Dad was born May 15, 1925, in Vernal, Utah, to Lewis Horrocks and Mary Angeline Winn and raised in Vernal and Park City, Utah. He graduated from Park City High School (Class of '43) and received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Utah in Business and Marketing. He held jobs as diverse as a miner in Park City to working in the oil fields to door-to-door sales to Salt Lake City Councilman.
As a Marine, he served his country honorably in WWII. Those of us who knew him best could see past that tough exterior to the marshmallow inside.
Dad delighted in telling all who would listen how he fell in love with his sweetheart when he was a mere six-year-old boy, declaring he was going to marry that girl someday-and he kept that promise the day after her 18th birthday, on October 25, 1943. His marriage to his dear wife of 63 years, Betty Elaine Curtis, was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple on December 17, 1954.
Wayne is survived by children Marie (Burr) Barnhurst, Patti (Terry) Palmer, Mark (Heather) Horrocks, and Brian (Linda) Horrocks, 29 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren with another on the way, and 2 great-great grandchildren, sister Beth Morgan, brother-in-law Clayton (Vonda) Curtis, and sisters-in-law Rita Lee and Dorothea Horrocks.
He was preceded in death by his sweet wife, parents, stepfather John LeCroix, daughter Linda Lou Allgier, grandson Kelly Shane Allgier, brother LaMar Horrocks, and brothers-in-law Bernard "Ben" Morgan and Boyd Lee.
A devout member of the LDS church, Wayne was faithful to the end. He served in numerous callings throughout the years (Elders Quorum President, Sunday School President, High Councilman, Bishopric Counselor, High Priest Teacher, Young Men Adviser, and stalwart Home Teacher who never missed a month). He and his wife also served a mission in St. George, Utah.
Wayne was passionate about caring for people, both in his family and in the larger community. He was an advocate of the citizens of the Westside of Salt Lake and championed the little guy, creating numerous changes to improve the community as he served as President of the Westside Community Council. As Salt Lake City Councilman, he was instrumental in forming the coalition called The Gang of Four for bucking the established system and making significant improvements in the way Salt Lake City had been governed. He served on the boards of the Great Salt Lake Health Planning Council, the Community Radio Project, The Salvation Army, Harrisburg Homeowners Association, and Camperworld Owners Association. He was instrumental in instituting the Crime Prevention Program in Salt Lake City and traveled throughout the United States teaching other communities how to establish their own programs. He was responsible for the creation and construction of the Police Athletic League for youth and the Westside Senior Citizen Center. He was on the 1998 Winter Olympic Bid Committee. He was involved with the Utility Consumer Action Group and Community Action Program, and Salt Lake Association of Community Councils. He urged others toward involvement, saying "Citizens who are willing to put some time and talent into the best interests of their community can make a difference."
Wayne enjoyed traveling and camping with his family. After his children were grown, he loved hooking up the trailer to his truck and taking to the road with his wife. He traveled everywhere with Betty as his navigator-and now she's back by his side and they're back on the road once again.
Wayne and Betty were devoted to their family. We will miss him, but we are also happy to know that he is reunited with his sweetheart-appropriately enough, on Valentine's Day-at last and forever.
Thank you, Dad, Grandpa, and friend-for all the love you have shared with us through the years. You set a great example and your boots will be hard to fill.
Special thanks to the caring nurses at Spring Creek Health Care and OneCare Hospice, and for the love Dr. Austin Poole and Nurse Gerry Bennet of the SLC VA Hospital showed for our father.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in the Cannon 7th Ward, 934 West Fremont Avenue (1110 South). Viewings will be held Wednesday, February 20, 2013 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple and Thursday at the Ward 9:30-10:45 a.m. Interment Larkin Sunset Gardens. Online condolences: www.larkincares.com
Published in Deseret News from Feb. 17 to Feb. 19, 2013