Neal Thorpe


Neal Thorpe, 85, of Salem, Utah peacefully returned to his Heavenly home on Saturday, July 8, 2017. Neal was born February 27, 1932 in Provo, Utah to Yale Carlos and Olive Amanda Peterson Thorpe.  He was a graduate of Spanish Fork High School.

Neal married Merle Joan Christensen on December 23, 1949 in Salem, Utah and they were later sealed for eternity on January 28, 1964 . They were blessed with three sons and three daughters, and they raised their family in Salem.  He was a Conductor for Denver & Rio Grande Railroad.  He was very devoted to his family and community, and was interested and involved in the lives of his posterity.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, woodworking, and collecting guns. He loved coaching many Mustang League Baseball teams, and was a member of the Salem Planning Commission for several years.  A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Neal served in positions, including Assistant Ward Clerk over finances for many years.

Neal is survived by his children, Charles (Audra) Thorpe, Spanish Fork, UT; Jeanene (Lee) Christensen, Houston, TX; Gloria (Kent) Francom, Mesa, AZ; Bret (Teresa) Thorpe, Salem, UT; and Teral (Lisa) Thorpe, Salem, UT. He also leaves behind 17 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, and two sisters, Louise Barron, and Helen Ericksen.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and a daughter (Susan Louise).

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Walker Funeral Home, 187 S. Main Street, Spanish Fork, Utah. Family and friends may visit on Tuesday evening, July 11, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home, and on Wednesday morning from 9:30-10:15 a.m. prior to services.  Interment will be in the Salem City Cemetery.

Thanks to the owners and the care-givers at Seasons of Santaquin for their excellent care of Neal.


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  1. Audra, So sorry to see you lost your Fatger-in law! Prayers
    Coming your way! Think of you often my Friend!
    Terri Joyner

  2. jackie huff

    The best times I can remember is when Neal and my dad Boyd Thomas coached the boys in baseball. Your dad was a great coach and with Boyd they made a great coaching team. Plus they helped with making the ball parks in Salem. Sorry for your loss.

  3. Randy Christensen

    So sorry for your loss. I have so many wonderful memories of both of your parents. It’s hard to lose our parents, but that is the way God designed this life, I guess. Again, so sorry but happy for them and their reunion.

  4. Lorraine Underwood

    To Charles, Jeanene, Gloria, Bret, Teral and families, I am so happy for your daddy. I am sure there was a great reunion between your parents and your sister. I have so many happy memories of your parents in the old Salem First Ward, where we all raised our families. May you have peace and comfort, knowing you are a forever Family.

  5. My parents, Dale and Shirley Bringhurst, thought the world of Neal and Joan. What great people they were, sorry for your lost.