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Dennis Martin Thorne

June 7, 1952 ~ May 5, 2018 (age 65)

Dennis Martin Thorne of American Fork, UT - our dear husband, father, grandfather and brother - returned to his Heavenly home on May 5, 2018 following a battle with cancer and heart complications. Dennis was born June 7, 1952 in Pasco, WA to Ralph and Vivian Thorne. He was the third of four children. Dennis lived most of his life in Pasco, WA before moving to American Fork in 2015.

Dennis met the love of his life, Marele Herron, at McLoughlin Junior High when they were just 14. They were married Dec 19, 1970 in Pasco and in 1977 were sealed in the Salt Lake LDS temple for time and all eternity. When he was just 19 years old, he entered the United States Navy and was stationed at the Alameda Naval Base, before being deployed to serve aboard the USS Midway in Vietnam in March 1972. He attended Chabot Community College, Brigham Young University and Gonzaga Law School.

Dennis was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and spent his life devoted to the things that mattered most to him…family, faith, fishing and freedom. He loved his loyal, four-legged companion and fishing partner “Cappy”. He also had a great love of sports, playing college and semi-professional baseball in his 20’s; coaching youth basketball in his 40’s; and refereeing and umpiring throughout much of his adult life. For many years, he and other members of his family owned & operated Kennewick Transfer Moving & Storage. This past year, Dennis was also honored to serve his country in the Orem American Legion Honor Guard.

Dennis is survived by his wife Marele and their six children: Tommy (Richelle) of TX, Kamille (Jared) of UT, Kimberly (Jon) of UT, Lucas of WA, Marissa (Phil) of UT, Nicholas (Brigitte) of IN, his brother Scott (Joan) of WA, sister Nancy of WA, and 21 of his treasured grandchildren. Dennis spent the last week of his life in Indianapolis, where he was privileged to participate in the blessing of his newest grandchild and namesake, Jax Dennis Thorne. He was preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Vivian, his infant sister MaryAnn, and his grandson Levi Thorne.

Dear husband. I love you so much, though sometimes it was hard to love you. Have you asked God yet? Why did you have to struggle with bi-polar, PTSD, and so many health issues? Were you so strong that you needed that many challenges on this earth? I am comforted to know you are now free of those struggles.

Dear dad, thank you for the many lessons you taught us…because of you we know the importance of family, the value of hard work and to always focus our lives on Christ.

Dear grandpa, we miss you and our tears sting too much. We wish you were still here to teach us and play with us. We will keep your lessons with us and can’t wait to see you again.

***So many individuals in our society struggle with mental illness beyond their control, especially our military veterans. We often do not realize how the mental impacts of military service stay with our veterans throughout their lives and how that impacts them and their families. There can be judgment assigned, without knowing the struggles someone is facing. Our family understands firsthand the real struggle of mental illness, and the real person behind it. May we all be tolerant and try to withhold judgment and love unconditionally.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 18, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in the American Fork 37th Ward chapel, 396 N.1100 E. American Fork, Utah. A viewing will be held prior to the services from 9:30 -10:30 am. Interment will take place at Veterans Memorial Park, Bluffdale, UT. If you would like, memorial contributions can be made to the Wounded Warriors Project.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Birthday Memorial for Dennis Thorne
June 7, 6:30 pm
Old Country Buffet; Kennewick, WA
*Friends and family are invited to come celebrate & remember Dennis on his birthday. Stop by for a quick visit with members of Dennis's family or stay and eat if you like. Group pricing available.



Donations may be made to:

Wounded Warrior Project
7020 A.C. Skinner Parkway, Suite 100, Jacksonville FL 32256
Tel: 1-877-832-6997

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