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“Elder Budge was on his Mission in Durham, NC in 1965 when I asked him and his companion, Elder Gary O. Gardner to give the investigator lessons to my...Read More »
1 of 27 | Posted by: Lynn C. Jorgensen - FL

“It has been almost a year and half sense you have passed away and there is not a day that goes by that i don't think about you. I am truly thankful...Read More »
2 of 27 | Posted by: Jason M. Budge - West haven, UT

“I loved my grandpa very much i miss him and wish i was still alive not dead. Love, Your GrandDaughter. ”
3 of 27 | Posted by: cora budge - odgen, UT

“Dear Budge Family, I just recently learned of Coach's passing.I am so sorry for your loss.Coach was a great man, and the world is a lesser place...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: Grant Ballingham - Vashon, WA

“Dear Budge family, I was saddened to hear of your loss. I was fortunate to have been a player on Bonneville's football team and I know that I speak...Read More »
5 of 27 | Posted by: Richard Bott - Kaysville, UT

“Dear Budge Family, I am greatly surprised and saddened to hear of your relative's passing. I was lucky enough to know him as Mr. Budge in my 6th...Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: Mira Reynolds - Ogden, UT

“Tammy, Brad and Family, I am saddened to hear about the death of Thom. My thoughts and prayers are with you always, but especially during this...Read More »
7 of 27 | Posted by: Stephanie Thomas - West Point, UT

“Budge Family, I am currently stationed at JSS Shield in Baghdad. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this trying time. I will never forget...Read More »
8 of 27 | Posted by: Nolan Cragun - Layton/Baghdad, UT

“Our deepest condolences go out to the entire Budge family. Coach Budge was a great man. His example on the football field and in the classroom, have...Read More »
9 of 27 | Posted by: Josh Dunyon - Omaha, NE

“Linda and Family! Hi, you are such special people! We are so sorry to hear of Thom's passing. What a great man! And what a great wife and family...Read More »
10 of 27 | Posted by: Jim and Susan Schmidt - Layton, UT

“I was also one of the many players that were greatly influenced by coach both on and off the field, I had him as a teacher also, my daughter also had...Read More »
11 of 27 | Posted by: Earl Clark - So Ogden, UT

“Special condolences go out the family of a very special man. He will be deeply missed by all of us. ”
12 of 27 | Posted by: Corey and Ruth Bybee - UT

“I had the opportunity to coach against Coach Budge several times during the 1980's and 90's during my time as Head Football Coach at Granger High...Read More »
13 of 27 | Posted by: Mike Fraser - Taylorsville, UT

“Coach Budge: After I had several knee injuries, coach Budge sat down with me for a little talk. He taught me there is a life out there besides...Read More »
14 of 27 | Posted by: Stanley G. Jensen - Ogden, UT

“I never knew Thom as a "coach," or a "teacher," or a "bishop," but I always knew that whenever I saw him, I knew he was my "friend" and that is what...Read More »
15 of 27 | Posted by: Edward Foy - Ogden, UT

“I am one of the young men that Coach influenced greatly during his time at Bonneville. Not only was he my Coach but also my teacher in and out of the...Read More »
16 of 27 | Posted by: Terry Allen - Morgan, UT

“As a Weber High Classmate, College Fraternity Brother and Friend of Thom Budge's I can echo just what a great influence he was on his own peers as...Read More »
17 of 27 | Posted by: David C. Racker - Bountiful, UT

“I grew up across the street, up the hill from Thom, but I always looked up to him. My brothers and I played and worked many hours with Thom and Scott...Read More »
18 of 27 | Posted by: Don Tucker - Clemmons, NC

“As one of Coach Budge's many quarterbacks, I want to let his wife and family know how much I respected Coach Budge -- we will all miss him dearly. I...Read More »
19 of 27 | Posted by: David Critchlow - Franklin, TN

“Dear Linda, My sister-in-law informed me of Tom's passing. We are in California for the next couple of weeks and are so sorry we won't be able to...Read More »
20 of 27 | Posted by: Anna & Ric de Azevedo - UT

“I was very lucky to be coached by coach Budge on the 1980 team alot of the teaching that he taught us i still use today and tray to teach my kids...Read More »
21 of 27 | Posted by: Jay tucker - clinton, UT

“We were deeply saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Uncle Thom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Aunt Linda, Brad, Nate, Lori, Jon, Jason...Read More »
22 of 27 | Posted by: Brent and Tammy Soelberg

“To the Budge Family, When I had heard of Mr. Budge passing, I was at work. All I could remember is all the laughs that we had when he was teaching me...Read More »
23 of 27 | Posted by: Charlotte Norman - Ogden, UT

“My love and prayers are with you, Aunt Linda, Brad, Nate, Lori, Jon and Jason, and your families. Uncle Thom was such a special man. He was always so...Read More »
24 of 27 | Posted by: Susan Patterson DeMill - UT

“I remember how nice and friendly coach budge always was. He was my algebra teacher my sophomore year of high school. He also taught my 4 older...Read More »
25 of 27 | Posted by: Erica Friden Hensley - Ogden, UT

“We offer our sincere condolences at the passing of Thom. We have been deeply saddened by the sudden and tragic news. We express our love for you at...Read More »
26 of 27 | Posted by: Craig and Judy Patterson - Logan, UT

“Budge family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Mr Budge was an amazing teacher, coach, and person. He will be dearly missed. Your family is in...Read More »
27 of 27 | Posted by: Lisa (Elias) Williams - UT


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Thomas Manzel Budge, beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, coach and the title he loved the most- Grandpa, passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack Wednesday Sept. 23rd at his home. Thom was born April 16, 1944, and raised in Pleasant View, UT. The son of Wallace and Josephine Budge, he loved his life on the Budge farm. He married the love of his life, Linda Hill, in the Salt Lake Temple on Feb. 16, 1968. Together they raised 5 beautiful children: Thomas Brad (Tammy) Budge, Ogden; Dr. Nathan (Katie) Budge, Queen Creek, AZ; Lori (Rob) Cunningham, Ogden; Jonathan Budge, St. George and Jason (Maggee) Budge, West Haven. He attended Weber High School where he was an outstanding athlete, lettering in football, baseball and basketball, and was the recipient of the Gold Watch Award. Thom served a mission to the North Carolina Raleigh Mission. He received a Bachelors degree from Weber State University and a Masters from BYU. He taught and coached in the Weber School District for 37 years. He was at Roy Jr. High from 1969 to 1972. He spent the remainder of his career at Bonneville High School from 1972 to 2006. He coached the Bonneville Lakers football team to 4 State final runner ups and one State football championship in 1980. The Lakers also took 14 region football championships. Coach Budge holds the record for the most wins at one school. He retired with a career record of 238 wins and 104 losses. He was honored with The Distinguished Coaches Award from the Utah High School Activities Association in 1999. He was also inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Lakers Hall of Fame in 2006. In 2008 he was inducted into the Utah High School Hall of Fame. More importantly he always credited his fine coaching staff for the teams’ success. He thought of all his players as his sons. The highlight of his career was coaching his sons Nate, Jon and Jason. He could not have had so much success without his biggest fan, our Mom. The football stadium at Bonneville High is named the “Wallace and Thomas Budge Field” in honor of Thom’s distinguished coaching career. He enjoyed watching games on TV, and tinkering on his camper, cars and in his yard. He enjoyed fishing with his kids and grandkids. He loved spending his summers cutting grain with his brothers, Don and Scott. Thom held many church positions including home teacher, High Priest group leader, High Councilman, Bishop of the Pleasant View 7th ward, and the “Best calling in the church,” to him, Gospel Doctrine teacher. He had a strong testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ and lived his life treating others with unconditional love. He was a humble and simple man. He never sought after the riches of the world, but lived his life in the service of others and so many were influenced by him. He touched so many lives as a coach, Bishop and friend. He is survived by his loving wife, 5 children and their spouses, 17 grandchildren and one brother and 4 sisters; Nanette (Dean) Stimpson, Zanesville, OH; Dr. W. Don (Kaye) Budge, Provo, UT; Laurene (John) Patterson, Grand Praire, TX; Jody Jackson, North Ogden, UT; Diane H. Budge, North Ogden, UT; and many nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law, Marlin Hill; a sister, Charlene (William) Soelberg; a brother, Scott Budge, a brother-in-law, Keith Jackson; a stillborn child and a stillborn grandchild. Services will be held Monday September 28, 2009, at 11 am at the Pleasant View Stake Center, 2975 N. 1000 W., Pleasant View, UT. Friends may call at the Stake Center on Sunday the 27th from 5-8 pm and Monday from 9:30-10:30 am. Interment will be held at the Ben Lomond Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of Myers Mortuary of Ogden. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. His grandchildren will always remember grandpa’s garden, his famous “Christmas Breakfast”, walks to the farm, riding in the combine cab with him, cook outs at North Fork, grandpa giving them “underdoggies” on the swing and pulling them in his big wagon. We are so grateful we have the knowledge that he will be with us for eternity. We love you “dear,” “daddy,” and “Grandpa Thom.” You have “paid the price...” You are forever loved!

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