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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