Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

October 8, 2013
Richard Thornton

Obit Richard ThorntonRichard Keith Thornton passed away Oct. 7, 2013 at his home in Grantsville at the age of 73.  He was born Jan. 11, 1940 in Pomona, Calif., to Ray Kenneth and Alma Adeline Condon Thornton.  He married his sweetheart, Mary Christine Smeath, on June 1, 1964 in the Salt Lake temple. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a master’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1970.  His career was spent at Kennecott Copper Company and later at Tooele Army Depot. He served an LDS mission to France and served in the Salt Lake temple for 10 years.  He enjoyed various positions in the church, serving as a bishop of two wards and as a counselor in the Grantsville, Utah Stake Presidency.  He and his wife served a service mission for 18 months in Magna. His hobbies included tennis and genealogy, woodworking and his “Lecture # 47” to his kids, grandchildren and anyone who would listen.  He is survived by wife, Mary; children Mary Lynn (William) Riggs, Richard Jr. (Jodie), Debbie (Gordon) Mortensen, Donald (Ticia), Sharon (Micah) Montgomery, Carol, Janet (Scott) Liddiard, Kolakhane Phetmysai and Diane Taylor Beall, 23 grandchildren, 3 3/4 great-grandchildren, his brother Don (Carol) Thornton and his hermano, Jim Vera.  He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 12, at the LDS Chapel on the corner of Clark and Church Streets in Grantsville at 11 a.m., with a viewing from 9-10:30 a.m. prior.  Burial will follow at the Grantsville cemetery.

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