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“To the family of Philip Thorpe,I know I should feel sad at his passing but all I did was smile.What a wonderful person he was,andsuch a sense of...Read More »
1 of 36 | Posted by: Frances Pinto - Saunderstown, RI

“Dear Thorpe family;I served with him in the Spokane mission, what a wonderful soul and role model for me and all of the young missionaries then. I...Read More »
2 of 36 | Posted by: Jim Butler - Seattle, WA

“I would like to extend my condolences to the family. I didn't know Philip personally but his lighthearted obituary was a pleasure to read. I hope...Read More »
3 of 36 | Posted by: Daniel

“May God be with all of you during this difficult time. I did not know him but couldnt help but read his obituary. He must have been a joy and quite...Read More »
4 of 36 | Posted by: Nikki Ortega - Grover Beach, CA

“I never met Phil but by this obituary I can tell the world lost a good man with a great sense of humor. My heartfelt condolences to your family. ”
5 of 36 | Posted by: Kevin NotThorpe-Vap - KS

“I never met Phil but by this obituary I can tell the world lost a good man with a great sense of humor. My heartfelt condolences to your family. ”
6 of 36 | Posted by: Allie Anderson

“Dear Thorpe Family,While President Thorpe was on Earth I only got to spend five days with him. But I have never forgotten his extreme sense of humor...Read More »
7 of 36 | Posted by: Brian Roberts - Salt Lake City, UT

“I have never met this man in my life, but just reading his obituary I can see what an enormous sense of humor he had.My sincere condolences to his...Read More »
8 of 36 | Posted by: Larry Henkels - Holladay, UT

“What a personality! His spirit and enthusiasm were contagious. My deepest and heartfelt condolences to you Linda and your family.-Christopher...Read More »
9 of 36 | Posted by: A friend

“"He was superceded in death by several billion people..." What a class act, keeping things real! Thank you for sharing these laughs in a time of...Read More »
10 of 36 | Posted by: A R - Holladay, UT

“God bless your family for the loss of this wonderfully funny soul! I didn't know him but his obituary brought my (64 yr old) dad so much...Read More »
11 of 36 | Posted by: B Dilley - UT

“Phil and Linda, Bless you both for blessing, loving and reminding my sister Heather what the gospel of Jesus Christ is all about through your...Read More »
12 of 36 | Posted by: Rachel Hale Gonzalez - Orem, UT

“I had the pleasure to know and serve under Philip as a missionary. Outside of my father he had the most influence of anyone in my life. My thoughts...Read More »
13 of 36 | Posted by: Art Hansen - Holladay, UT

“I did not know Philip, but his obituary was hilarious. I wrote and Ode to him.Ode to Philip ThorpeClod you were a manWho set the bar so lowNo one was...Read More »
14 of 36 | Posted by: Larry Hollist - San Jose, CA

“At Philip's sons wedding dinner, (Bricker Bird Thorpe & Bridgett Warren married 2007), I was surprised and delighted to find that Philip and his...Read More »
15 of 36 | Posted by: Sandi Warren - SARATOGA SPRINGS, UT

“I never knew Phil, but it sounds like he was a stand up guy. Even when sleeping! Please accept my condolences for your loss of an obviously special...Read More »
16 of 36 | Posted by: Polly Hart - Salt Lake City, UT

“Dear family of a special man: my heartfelt condolences . It seems as if he is still bringing sunshine and joy after his passing . I wish I could...Read More »
17 of 36 | Posted by: Judith S - Seymour, IN

“Unlike many of the previous writers, I have known Phil since kindergarten at Uintah Elementary School. Roosevelt Jr. High and East High followed w...Read More »
18 of 36 | Posted by: Rosemary Lindbeck - Mesquite, NV

“My sincere condolences to the family for your loss. May the God of tender mercies sustain you during this sad time.-Ps.94:19 ”
19 of 36 | Posted by: A friend

“I don't know the family of philip. However his obituary speaks volumes about him.He left a name that wont be forgotten. My condolences to you all....Read More »
20 of 36 | Posted by: A friend

“Wish I had known Phillip Thorpe. His final note left behind has brought so much joy to so many. I imagine that his legacy will live on forever. Our...Read More »
21 of 36 | Posted by: Cliff Harris - South Jordan, UT

“My condolences to the Thorpe Family. May your fond memories bring you much joy. ”
22 of 36 | Posted by: A friend

“I enjoyed working with Phil in the Grant Stake! He was always fun! My condolences. ”
23 of 36 | Posted by: Annette Meier - Millcreek, UT

“Such a man will be welcomed Upstairs with open arms. To his family, thank you for loaning him out for awhile, even though I never had the good...Read More »
24 of 36 | Posted by: Steve McFarland - Riverdale, ID

“This was the best obit I have ever read!!! He must have been a joy to know. Wishing you all fond memories and condolences on the loss of such a...Read More »
25 of 36 | Posted by: Marge Wheeler - Idaho Falls, ID


26 of 36 | Posted by: Rodney Cluff - San Tan Valley, AZ

“I never knew Phillip but after reading this amazing obituary, I certainly wish I had! The humor and description made me wish I was lucky enough to...Read More »
27 of 36 | Posted by: A friend

“Sounds like a real class act, wish I had known him. ”
28 of 36 | Posted by: B A - Herriman, UT

“To my dear Aunt Linda~"Do not stand at my grave and weepI am not there; I do not sleep.I am a thousand winds that blow,I am the diamond glints on...Read More »
29 of 36 | Posted by: Joanna Taylor


30 of 36 | Posted by: Joey Taylor - family

“I am unfortunate to have never met this man, but I am sure I would have liked him. I have shared his obit with my co-workers. We all had a good laugh...Read More »
31 of 36 | Posted by: A friend

“Thorpe Family,I didn't have the pleasure of know Philip, but I really enjoyed reading his words! What a wonderful and hilarious man he must have been...Read More »
32 of 36 | Posted by: A friend

“There was only one Phil Thorpe, unfortunately. How grateful am I to have had Phil as my Big Brother in Sigma Chi. Those final words of his obit are...Read More »
33 of 36 | Posted by: Ellis Ivory - salt lake city, UT


34 of 36 | Posted by: Ellis Ivory - Salt Lake City, UT

“My condolences on your loss. Though that is one of the best obituaries I've ever read. What an amazing man to love with for 55 years ! ”
35 of 36 | Posted by: A friend

“Wow, I didn't even know Clod but loved his self-penned eulogy! I wish I had known him, I am sure we would have been friends. RIP Clod.... ”
36 of 36 | Posted by: A friend


Philip was born on April 1, 1934 and passed away on Tuesday, April 10, 2018.

Philip was a resident of Utah at the time of passing.

He served as an artillery officer in the U.S. Army.

In keeping with one of society's morbid mores, there will be a wee wake Sunday evening for twenty minutes and for six minutes before the funeral the following day. Burial will be in his backyard beside the dog his wife would never let him have. We extend a heartfelt invitation to his friends, family, and missionaries to the funeral services on Monday, April 16, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the Cottonwood 4th & 7th Ward Chapel, 5565 S Neighbor Lane (1600 E.), SLC, the very same chapel where he served as Bishop. Interment will follow at the Holladay Memorial Cemetery. Visitation at the Holbrook Mortuary from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on April 15, 2018.

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