Meyers Thorne, 73, died in Provo on Thursday, July 21st.
James graduated from South Cache High and Utah State University
in Logan, then received his Ph.D in Physical Chemistry at
the University of California at Berkeley. He spent his professional
career as a Professor of Chemistry at Brigham Young University;
he was a founding partner of the optics and X-ray technology
company, Moxtek, Inc. of Orem; and he held numerous scientific
Jim was active in the LDS Church. He completed a mission
in the Central States; was a member of the bishopric in
a Logan student ward; and served in a variety of callings
in his Provo and Alpine wards that included a 15-year term
as Explorer Advisor & Scoutmaster.
Although his adult life was compromised by chronic illness,
Jim’s poor health did not diminish his enthusiasm
for living. His was a sincerely purposeful life. Jim was
generous with his time and his myriad talents. He appreciated
much and asked little. And he died as he lived, with quiet
stoicism, good humor and dignity.
James was preceded in death by his wife, Kaye Hugie Thorne,
and his parents, James P. and Norma M. Thorne (River Heights).
He is survived by his son, James Perry (Pleasant Grove);
his daughter and son-in-law, Allison and Preston Stewart
(Alpine); four grandchildren: Maxx, Abigail, Brigham and
RoseHannah Stewart; by four siblings: Richard E. (Las Vegas),
Lawrence R. (Pleasanton, CA), Lynette Hansen (Salt Lake
City), and Steven W. (Logan); and by countless friends and
Funeral services will be held in Jim’s honor on Friday,
July 29, 2011 at 12:00 noon in the Mountainville 1st LDS
Ward Chapel, 98 East Canyon Crest Road, Alpine, Utah. Family
and friends may call Friday morning from 10:00-11:30 a.m.
prior services at the church. Interment will be in the Providence
City Cemetery, 900 East River Heights Boulevard, Logan,
Utah on Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 11:00 am.