In Memory

Dennis "Doc" Lavar Thorup

Dennis Doc Lavar Thorup


Dennis "Doc" LaVar Thorup

June 29, 1944 ~ October 8, 2016

EVANSTON, Wyoming -

Dennis LaVar Thorup died peacefully at his home surrounded by family on October 8, 2016, at the age of 72, after a long courageous battle with cancer. He was born on June 29, 1944, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the son of Leland Martin and Dorothy Juanita (Thompson) Thorup.

He graduated from Weber High in 1962 where he was president of the Ski Club and a member of the Track and  Golf Teams.  He would remain active in golf through his life.

Dennis is top left

Dennis on the far right of the standing team members

He married, Karen Coleen Powell and together they had three children: Laura (Randall) Walker, Wendy (Kent) Barker, and Cyrus (Shelly) Thorup. They later divorced.

He then married, Patricia Mount. From this union Dennis gained three more children: Joe (Janelle) Brown, Angie (Patrick) Adams, and Sheila (Brian) Ivie.

Dennis graduated from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1970. He enjoyed this profession for many years, especially working on large animals. He always loved a good game of golf. He was president of the Purple Sage Golf Club in 1980, and was club champion in 1982. He had a love for fishing, hunting, camping, and riding his ATV.

In 1981, Dennis was an instrumental part in starting the Overthrust Gun Club in Evanston. He continued to run the club until 1987. Dennis was an active trap shooter and won many awards.

His real passion was recreating the Mountain Man Rendezvous Era, with his wife, Patricia where they are better known as "Horse Doctor" and "Shy Doe". You could always find their shop known as Bear Trail Trading on trader's row. Using their talents they created unique leather work, beadwork, and porcupine quill items. In 2003 he was the Booshway for Wyoming's Jim Bridger Legacy Rendezvous. In 2004, he was the Booshway for Fort Bridger Rendezvous and for two years he was the Booshway for the Bear River Rendezvous. He was a dedicated board member, and he loved to shoot "Doc's candy cannon" for the kids.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia: and six children, 15 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

At his request cremation has taken place under the direction of Crandall Funeral Home and a celebration of life memorial will take place at a later date.

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Thanks to Classmates Warren Johns, "Maynard" James Keller and Dan Gibson for research and coordination of the page.

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Page posted 10/20/2016; Last page update 10/22/16


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07/22/23 11:16 AM #1    

Pete Sowa

Was just reflecting on classmates, thinking we all need all to reach out to friends while we still can.  But first, I had this wonderful (LOL) memory of an incident with Dennis.  We lived about 3 blocks apart in Roy.

We were kinda into model rockets so, "naturally", we decided to make one, starting by making some rocket propellant. In his mother's kitchen. Melt some brown sugar in a pot and then add salt peter. Stir gently.

After the stuff exploded in the pan it threw sticky, burning, molten brown sugar all over their kitchen, set the sink window curtains on fire. As I recall, his mom got a new kitchen and we didn't do any more experiments.


Hope this note finds you feeling blessed.


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