-- 1956 ~ 2011 --
Elvin Thorne passed away peacefully at his home on August
12, 2011 after a long, difficult struggle with liver disease.
He was born February 6, 1956 in American Fork, Utah, to
E. Max and Laurel Thorne.
He had a happy childhood growing up in Pleasant Grove with
his two brothers. As a child he loved playing with his trucks
in the dirt and later made it his career running heavy equipment
for 30 years for Alpine School District. He was well known
for his skill as a backhoe operator. He graduated from Pleasant
Grove High School.
Steve was an active member in The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter Day Saints and served a full-time mission in Portland,
Oregon. He loved serving in different positions in the Church
and especially enjoyed his time serving as the Executive
In 1985 he met his sweetheart, Barbara Jeffery Swalberg
and they married later that year in the Provo, Utah Temple.
He became an instant father to two daughters who loved him
from the start. Steve and Barbara went on to have three
more children and raised their family in Orem, Utah.
Steve always had a contagious love for the Christmas season.
He extended that love to those around him through his authentic
portrayal of Santa for family and friends. He combined his
love of Christmas and his natural artistic abilities into
beginning a successful Christmas decorating business.
His family was his main focus; they were his best friends
and his favorite hobby. Spending time with them was his
greatest joy, which only increased with the marriage of
his children and the birth of each grandchild.
Steve is survived by his wife, Barbara; his children: Christi
(Justin) Boulter, Florida; Ann (Andy) Glaus, Orem; Michael
(Jennifer) Thorne, Orem; Ashley Thorne, Orem; and Jonathan
Thorne, Orem; and seven grandchildren; his mother, Laurel
Thorne, Pleasant Grove; brother, Willes (Karen) Thorne,
Orem; and sister-in-law Caroline Thorne, Orem. He is preceded
in death by his father, E. Max Thorne, and his brother,
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 17, 2011
at 11:00 a.m. in the Northridge 12th LDS Ward Chapel, 1780
North 165 East, Orem, Utah. Family and friends may call
on Tuesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the church
and also Wednesday morning from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior
to services. Interment, Orem City Cemetery. Funeral Directors
- Warenski Funeral Home of American Fork, Utah.