Thomas G. Ellingford
December 26, 1953 ~ April 6, 2013
Thomas G. Ellingford, of Bridgeland, died April 6, 2013, after suffering a heart attack at age 59. Tom was born December 26, 1953, to Ora and Gilbert Ellingford.
He was a loving husband, father, grandpa, brother, son, uncle and friend as well as a leader, confidant, teacher and comforter. He will be remembered for his kindness to everyone he knew and also to those he didn't. He loved to laugh and tease. He loved his family, his animals and ice cream.
Tom will be greatly missed by his wife Sidney Lowe Ellingford, his children, Trenton and Jessica Ellingford, Tommi and Brandon Wardle, Justin and Jessica Ellingford, Lance and Maggie Ellingford, and his treasured grandchildren, Raavyn, Reeves, Sloane, West, Julian, Ella, Raina and Charlie. Others grieving his loss include his sisters, Ina Jarman, Fay McKenna, Vickie Fitzgerald, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces and friends. He was welcomed into the next life by his daughter Tiffany, his parents, brother, sister and numerous loved ones that went before him. We love you! TTFN.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the Duchesne LDS Stake Center.
Viewings will be held Wednesday evening from 6-8 PM at the Hullinger Mortuary and Thursday at the church in Duchesne from 9:30-10:30 AM.
Burial in the Tridell Cemetery.
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September 11, 2013, 9:13 pm-
My family and I met Tom and Sydney Ellingford when they came to NY to take their son Elder Trent Ellingford home from his mission in 1999. I instantly felt comfortable them because they were so genuinely sweet. Tom had a light that was obvious. I remember him asking my mother how she cooked her beans to make rice and beans (we're Haitian ). He sat down ate dinner, we all talked and had a good time. He was a gracious man. I visit with him them in 2000 and again I had a great time. Tom and Sydney were so eager to show me around Duchesne, took me to the movies, then for a burger. I will always remember Tom. He was a great human being. My condolences to you Sydney and your entire family. Funny, I thought about you guys and searched for your number online and then I saw the news a few days ago . God bless you and your family.
June 10, 2013, 1:33 pm-
Back in August 1974, i was set apart and set on a 2 week mini-mission to Greece, NY...I spent that time as a partner to then Elder Ellingford....It was a great personal and spirit filled two weeks as we did follower up referrals from pageant...one thing that i have even taught my children, i learned from Elder Ellingford, is don't waste time trying to stir frozen orange juice...just plop it in to a blender...my condolences on your loss...from my two weeks with him, i know he he was a good and godly man....
- Bro. Richard Squires
April 15, 2013, 11:00 am-
Let me tell you about a missionary experience I had about oh my 39 years ago. I was only 12. A woman we had become acquainted with had mentioned that she would stay the weekend with us if we had one of her churches nearby that she could attend on Sunday. My mother asked her which church and she replied “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.” My mother said she had never heard of that church. When our friend Betty mentioned better known as the “Mormon Church” my mother said she had heard of that. We wound up finding the church building and my mother and I went with her. We had a positive experience and were impressed with the young men passing sacrament and that fact that the Church building was not fancy and there were no crosses. My mother later told Betty how she liked the experience. Betty replied I will have the missionaries come to your house.
Guess who came knocking on our door. Elder Tom Ellingford and Elder David Burbidge. My dad, mom and I soon fell in love with these two. There were very patient and my parents loved young people. My parents were older than most I had a brother 19 years older and I was pretty precocious. I would ask them a question about EVERYTHING they had to say. AND they always had an answer. Elder Burbidge had the gift of gab and had a saying for everything. Elder Ellingford was more the observer and the planner trying to figure out how to make everything come together. As it is with more reserved people when he did speak it was very profound or funny. We went through the discussions with them and accepted the challenge of baptism. My mom and dad had Elder Burbidge baptize them and Elder Ellingford confirm. I had Elder Ellingford baptize me and Elder Burbidge confirm. Right before our baptism our friend Betty moved away to Colorado. They will always hold a special place in my heart. We were impressed that these two gave up 2 years to teach the Gospel. Also that Elder Ellingford left knowing he they could have used his help at home. But knowing his family wanted him to serve his mission.
I had sinced moved to Colorado, married and raised a family.
I was able to catch up with these two about 4 years ago while visiting with my in-laws. I was happy to hear they had stayed close to the gospel and had raised awesome families. They had kept in touch and still got along and had some of the same dynamics with each other they had had when they were young. I gave poor Tom quite a challenge. He was trying to get all of us together. It was a Sunday and Burbidge’s had all kinds of meetings. I had in-laws who we being a little possessive of us. He finally set up a meeting at Temple Square with Sid and him while Sister Burbidge was kind enough to open her home and have us eat with them. He just was determined to get us all together in spite of ourselves. I had brought some pictures and Sid had brought some pictures. It was an awesome visit. I also learned and it should have dawned on me years before that they were in the same area as my husband’s sister and family and he even knew of them.
TTFN Elder Ellingford you will always be close to my heart.
- Linda Sprague Leatherman