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Obituary: Julian R. Thomas

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Julian R. Thomas, age 91, passed away peacefully at home on Jan 15, 2002.

He was born Feb 17, 1910 at Heber City, Utah to John Ernest and Lizzie Clyde Thomas. He married Norene Richins, June 15, 1933 in the Salt Lake Temple. After living the first two years of their married life in a sheep camp, they built a trailer and lived in it on the Utah State University campus until Julian graduated with a degree in Forestry in 1941. Then began an exciting career with the Forest Service. He served as district ranger in Duchesne, Utah (1943-44), Monticello, Utah (1944-57) and Salt Lake City (1957-1965). From 1965 to 1972, he worked as a lands specialist until his retirement. A tireless worker for conservation, Julian brought many overgrazed lands to their prime condition. He was well known for his early morning ski reports given on many radio stations from 1957 to 1965, in the Salt Lake area and was involved with the early vision of Salt Lake hosting the Winter Olympics. He also coordinated, for the Forest Service, the purchase of the Silver Lake Area at Brighton, Utah so that this area could be enjoyed by all for generations to come. All who knew him were impressed with his energy, enthusiasm, and sense of humor. After retirement he continued his hobbies of family activities, gardening, traveling and fishing. He served two missions for the LDS Church, first to the Eastern States from 1930-1932, and second, with his wife at the Nauvoo Restoration Mission from 1977-1978.

Julian is survived by his wife Norene; sister Margaret (Fred) Sumsion; brother Oran (Louise) Thomas and children: Neal (Jennie) of Highland, Calif.; Jay (Jan), Dian, Jared (Cherie) and Clyde (Lori) of Salt Lake City; 16 grandchildren and three great-grand-children. Preceded in death by brothers Rilvas (Rena), Earl (Florence), and sister Doris Turpin.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 21, 2002 at 11 a.m. at the Brookshire Ward, 3487 S. 1300 E., Salt Lake City, where friends and family may call from 9:30-10:45 a.m. prior to services and Sunday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 S Highland Dr., Salt Lake City. Interment at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.

The family extends heartfelt appreciation to Nora Goicoechea, Rebecca Hobbs, Scott Green, Martha Garcia, Greg Welch, Bill Geving, Brent and Karla Harmon, Sandy Morris, Gregg Mahrt, Victoria Nicholson, Hospice workers, and all who helped with his care in the last few years.