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1926 - 2013
Our sweet Dad, Leo Boyce Thorup, returned home peacefully surrounded by his family with his sweetheart by his side at his home on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 after a short battle with cancer. Dad was born June 11, 1926 to Abraham Berg Thorup and Erma (Nana) Lois Boyce in Murray, Utah. He grew up in Salt Lake City and had a fun, mischievous childhood that included antics such as greasing the trolley tracks and rerouting traffic on 300 South through a garage and down a back alley. Dad served his country in the Army Air Force during World War II and was also assigned as a photographer as part of the Occupational Forces in Germany. He returned home and married his South High School sweetheart, Jeanne Hammond, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on October 5, 1948. Together, they set off for the adventure of a lifetime.
One of his greatest accomplishments was the creation of Thorup Building Company where he enjoyed watching the evolution from concept to completion of over 70 custom homes in the Mt. Olympus Cove and throughout the Salt Lake Valley. All the people he built homes for became close friends and remain so. He was very blessed to have a career where he loved going to work each day. After retiring for three months, he went on to a second career in real estate and reluctantly retired at age 86.
Dad had a deep love of the Gospel and magnified each of his church callings. He treasured his times spent as Scout Master Extraordinaire and was able to help shape the lives of hundreds of young men. Most recently he loved his callings with the Empty Nest group and High Priests Leadership in the Olympus Hills Ward.
Dad was always concerned about the welfare of others and was the first to help either financially or physically when a need arose. One of the most gratifying things we ever did as a family was to take care of needy families at Christmas. This expanded into having hundreds of friends helping out as Dad "Santa" and his helpers delivered these gifts throughout the valley on Christmas Eve.
Dad was most proud of his family and recognized the importance of spending quality time with each of them and creating memories. A camper was purchased and if there was a dot on the map in Utah, we stopped and saw it. When the camper days were over, cabins were built in Brighton, then Midway which are a favorite gathering place for the children and grandchildren.
Dad and Mom, eventually known as DeeDee and Grum, were the grandchildren's favorite people to be around and would choose hanging out with them over friends. They loved their grandchildren and rarely missed a soccer, football, baseball game, or concert to cheer them on. You're right Dad, …WE HAD FUN!!!
Dad is survived by his sweet wife, Jeanne, his five children, David (Carole), Debbie (Steven) Greenwall, Becky (Win) Jones, Jonelle (Randy) Champion, Datus (Cheryl), his sister Elaine (Bob) Hout, 18 amazing grandchildren, and 20 precious great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister Lois Jensen.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 20 at 1:00 pm at the Olympus Hills Ward Building, 4176 S. Adonis Drive (3950 East), SLC. Friends may call on Friday, April 19, from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Olympus Hills Ward Building, and from 11:30-12:45 prior to the services. Interment will follow at the Larkin Sunset Garden Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at larkinmortuary.com.
In lieu of flowers, in honor of our Dad, perform an anonymous act of service.
Published in Deseret News on Apr. 19, 2013