Dennis Lavar Thorup

Born: Thu., Jun. 29, 1944
Died: Sat., Oct. 8, 2016


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Dennis “Doc” LaVar Thorup
Dennis LaVar Thorup died peacefully at his home surrounded by family on October 8th, 2016 at the age of 72, after a long courageous battle with cancer. He was born on June 29th, 1944 in Salt Lake City, Utah the son of Leland Martin and Dorothy Juanita (Thompson) Thorup. He married Karen Coleen Powell and together they had 3 children. Laura (Randall) Walker, Wendy (Kent) Barker, and Cyrus (Shelly) Thorup. They later divorced.

He then married Patricia Mount. From this union Dennis gained 3 more children. Joe (Janelle) Brown, Angie (Patrick) Adams, and Sheila (Brian) Ivie.

Dennis graduated from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1970. He enjoyed this profession for many years, especially working on large animals. He always loved a good game of golf. He was president of the Purple Sage Golf Club in 1980 and was club champion in 1982. He had a love for fishing, hunting, camping, and riding his ATV.

In 1981 Dennis was an instrumental part in starting the Overthrust Gun Club in Evanston. He continued to run the club until 1987. Dennis was an active trap shooter and won many awards.

His real passion was recreating the Mountain Man Rendezvous Era, with his wife Patricia where they are better known as “Horse Doctor” and “Shy Doe”. You could always find their shop known as Bear Trail Trading on trader’s row. Using their talents they created unique leather work, beadwork, and porcupine quill items. In 2003 he was the Booshway for Wyoming’s Jim Bridger Legacy Rendezvous. In 2004, he was the Booshway for Fort Bridger Rendezvous and for 2 years he was the Booshway for the Bear River Rendezvous. He was a dedicated board member, and he loved to shoot “doc’s candy cannon” for the kids.

He is survived by his wife Patricia and 6 Children, 15 Grandchildren, and 4 great Grandchildren.

At his request cremation has taken place under the direction of Crandall Funeral Home and a celebration of life memorial will take place at a later date.

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LilBit and PoorBoy
   Posted Mon October 10, 2016
Doc had a way of making everyone he met feel like family. And to us, he WAS family. From the moment we met, it was clear that Doe was the love of his life and all his kids meant the world to him. (We feel like we "know" his son, Cy)
Doc, keep the fire burning so we can find our way. We love you.

Bonnie backus
   Posted Mon October 10, 2016
My heart breaks for you pat and the kids and grandkids, whatbit has been toncall doc my friend, a great man, love you

Ren and Margart lester
   Posted Tue October 11, 2016
So sorry for your loss. Our memories of your family go back a long ways. May you be comforted at this time.

TONY & JUDY ROBERTS
   Posted Tue October 11, 2016
Dennis (DOC) was a wonderful friend. We met DOC &DOE when they lived in Coeur D Alene, Idaho. We live in Colfax, Wa. We are avid rondezvours also. Doc was and still is a great friend. The Mt Man hobby has lost a great friend. We traveled to Ft Bridger the year he was Booshway and totally surprised Him and Doe. What wonderful memory we will cherish forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with Pat and family. TONY & JUDY ROBERTS, MT TOP TRADING CO.

David and Julie Messerly
   Posted Tue October 11, 2016
Dear, Cy and Family
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family

Love Julie and Dave

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