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Obituary: Jack Thorne Strong

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8/19/19 ~ 3/23/03

Jack Thorne Strong, beloved father, brother, grandfather, great grandfather and friend completed his journey through this mortal existence last Sunday and slipped quietly into eternity with the same strength of character and good nature that typified his life.

Born August 19, 1919 in Alpine, Utah to Mark Fields Strong and Alice Delilah Thorne, Jack died peacefully in his sleep on March 23, 2003, marking 83 years of a life well-lived.

Raised on the family farm in the beautiful hillside community of Alpine, Jack was the fifth of eight children born to Mark and Delilahfour sons and four daughters. His, was a family full of love for one another that always extended a helping hand to friends and neighbors alike. His legacy includes that same love of family and helpfulness coupled with a unique sense of humor and an almost child-like awe and appreciation for the beauty of the world that surrounded him. During the depression the family moved to Salt Lake City to find work. Jack graduated from East High School in 1938 and then served his country honorably during World War II being stationed in the Pacific with the 205th Field Artillery Battalion.

Jack worked a variety of jobs following the war before settling into a career as a Letter Carrier with the U.S. Postal Service. He married Patricia Ann Hardy in April 1947. Their union produced three sons, Steve, Dave, and Tom. Jack kept the family busy traveling the country in his pick-up truck and camper. He loved to fish and water ski and was particularly fond of Lake Powell and Flaming Gorge. He enjoyed big band music and loved to dance. Jack and Pat divorced after 23 years of marriage. Following his retirement from the Post Office, Jack worked several years for Utah Title Company.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; his three brothers Legrande (Jim), Don, and Reid; and his son David James. He is survived by his four sisters, Maureen Healy, Verveen Allen, Virginia Turner, and Renee Newman; his sons Steven Jack and Thomas Neal; and his nine grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Jack was a hard working man and a friend to everyone he met. He loved life and loved his family. He was once introduced by a family friend who said of him, "This is Jack Strong, the nicest guy you will ever meet." We love you Dad, Grandpa, Brother, Friend. Peace and joy be with you always.

A viewing will be held Thursday, March 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 South State Street, Murray, Utah. Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, March 28 at Anderson & Sons Mortuary, 49 East 100 North in American Fork, Utah with a viewing for family and friends beginning at 10 a.m. Interment will be at the Alpine City Cemetery.