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May 04, 1937 – June 6, 2009
1937 ~ 2009 Gordon H. Tolman passed away June 6, 2009 peacefully in his home surrounded by his family. He was born on May 4, 1937 to Orin Hatch and Irene Hill Tolman.
Gordon’s many experiences growing up on the farm in Sandy shaped his personality, his work ethic, and his desire for excellence. He graduated from Jordan High School in 1955. In 1957 Gordon joined the Air Force where he served for 7 1/2 years.
In 1959 while serving in Liverpool, England he met the love of his life Ann. On September 19, 1959 they married and then sealed in the London Temple on September 26, 1959. Following a medical discharge from the Air Force in 1965, Gordon relocated his family to Utah and resumed working at Kennecott, retiring after 28 year career as a diesel mechanic. He then went to work for the postal service for the next 21 1/2 years. Gordon was a skilled mechanic. He learned the trade working on Air Force helicopters and maintained his skills over the next 40 years fixing the big diesels at the Yosemite Shop and the much smaller postal vehicles at the VMF.
His desire to be of service to others showed especially through his work in the scouting program as a Webelos leader and also through his calling as a ward missionary. Working in his yard and garden gave him tremendous pleasure and serenity. Everything he touched flourished. His pond, which is a work of art, is just one example. Gordon was extremely patriotic. He loved his country and believed that the U.S. Constitution was divinely inspired. He also had a profound testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel and loved the Book of Mormon.
Gordon is survived by his loving Annie, children John and Tami, Ian and Janet, Robert and Pam, Diane and Steve Stockfish, Toni and Rick McCarver, and Nicole Fredrickson, 17 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Also survived by brothers Bob Tolman, William Stephens, and Jim Blundell as well as sisters Janice Jenkins, Pauline Stephens, Muriel Blundell, and Joyce Spence. Gordon was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved in-laws Cecil and May Stephens, his brother Philip and daughter Susan LaFleure.
The family expresses their deepest gratitude to everyone at the VA Medical Center. Thank you for everything you did for dad and for all you do every day for the men and women who have fought to keep this great nation free. Thanks also to Maile, Eric, Fred and Harmony Home Health and Hospice. Finally, to the members of the Midvale East 4th Ward- Thank you for your love and support of Dad and Mom for the past 40 plus years; you and your families have truly been a blessing to our family.
Funeral services will be held Saturday June 13, 2009 at 11 a.m. at the Midvale East 4th Ward Bldg., 87 E. 7100 So., Midvale, Utah. A viewing and celebration of Gordon’s life will be held on Friday June 12, 2009 from 6-8 p.m. at Broomhead Funeral Home, 12600 So. 2200 W., Riverton, Utah and Saturday one hour prior at the church. Interment Mt. View Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences: www.broomheadfuneralhome.com Published by Deseret News from Jun. 10 to Jun. 11, 2009.
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