Reed Smith Thornock
March 5, 1952 ~ August 13, 2013
Our loving father, grandfather, son and brother, Reed Smith Thornock, 61, passed away following a heart attack on Tuesday, August 13, 2013. He was born on March 5, 1952 in Ogden, Utah, the son of Dewain Smith and Mary Jensen Thornock.
He joined the Marines in 1969. Shortly after that he married his best friend Debra Denise Tams on June 24, 1971 in Riverdale, Utah. Reed and Debra lived in Ogden, Utah, Chandler, AZ and Garden City, Utah. Debra passed away on August 12, 1996.
After leaving the service, he worked as a power lineman. He enjoyed being the Water Master for Garden City. Reed was a great handyman and had his own business. He was a great fan of Ducks Unlimited.
Reed loved hunting fishing, camping and especially spending time with his family and friends. He was able to mark taking an Alaskan Trip, with AJ, off his bucket list. He was the baddest man who ever walked the Planet Earth.
He was the best father a group of kids could have. Reed cherished his wife and family. He taught them how to work and be independent. He never did anything half assed! He always did it 110%. He was an amazing dad, best friend, and hero. He will be greatly missed.
Reed is survived by his sons, Jason Reed Thornock, Gilbert, AZ; Ryan Smith Thornock, Ogden; and Matthew Tams Thornock, Plain City; daughters, Abby Denise Pugmire, Fish Haven, ID; and Hanna Ardell Thornock, Garden City; 12 grandchildren; and sisters, DaNae Summers and Vaneita Zaversnik.
He was preceded in death by his wife Debra, parents Dewain and Mary Thornock, and sister DeAnn Anderson
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Cremation entrusted to Lindquists Ogden Mortuary.
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September 2, 2013, 7:20 pm-
Dennis Melaney my husband thought so much of Reed we just heard of his passing, we are so sorry for your loss of a great person. He definatley did a great job on are front porch and are roof we appreciated his great work. My husband Dennis loved spending time with him and having good talks.. May love be with all of the family and friends.. We will miss him at Bear Lake.
- Dennis and Linda Melaney
September 2, 2013, 7:14 pm-
Dennis Melaney my husband really enjoyed talking and visiting with Reed. We just got news of his passing we are so sorry to hear that he passed away. we loved his workmanship he did on are porch in Bear Lake and on are Roof he did do an excellent job.. so sorry for the loss of your father and friend.. May God be with all of you
Sincerely Dennis and Linda Melaney
- Dennis and Linda Melaney
August 27, 2013, 10:08 pm-
Reed was a great guy and truly loved his hunting, fishing and Canadian Host. He will be greatly missed and it is unfortunate that after he was widowed was not allowed by his kids to pursue the love of his life at Bear Lake, which probably would have made his life longer, healthier and happier. May he rest in peace and as he always said to me, “it does not matter that we are not married, we will always be together.” So I will be seeing him, hopefully when I'm 81.
I wish Hanna the best with her new baby soon to be delivered, your Dad would have greatly enjoyed that little person and provided you both immense support. Good Luck!
- Jane smith