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Roy L Lathrom Jr

Born: 10/23/1941, Spokane, Washington
Death: 2/26/2017, Moab, Utah
Service: 03/25/2017, 10:00 am, MARC Canyonlands Fellowship
Interment: 03/25/2017, 11:00 am, Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery

Roy L. Lathrom, Jr. went to be with His Lord, Sunday, February 26, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. He had fought a valiant and courageous battle with congestive heart failure for many years.

He Won!! He was born in Spokane, Washington, October 23,1941 to Roy L. and Viola I. Lathrom. They later divorced and Viola married Robert G. Caine,who raised Roy and his older brother David as his own. The family lived in Spokane, Wa, Silverton, Co., Salt Lake City, Ut., La Sal Ut. And finally moved to Moab Ut. where Roy entered his junior year in high school. He met Pauline Thompson and they went together through their junior and senior years getting married right out of high school in July of 1960. They made their home in Moab. To them were born three children, Lori Lee, Gregory Lynn and Jeffery Loren. In his younger years he was part of the local Jaycees, was in the Toastmasters and helped coach his two small boys football team.

Roy went to work for J.W. Corbin who owned the Midland Telephone Co. in Sept. of 1961. He started as a “worm” on the line crew. He did various jobs there retiring in 1992 as an construction inspector-splicer. He loved his work in telephony and after he retired from the Telephone Company, he then worked for Volt Telcom and then later was the manager for Dasco Inc. putting telephone lines in for the local Telephone Co. He oversaw the installation of the fiber optic line between Thompson and Moab. He ended that career in December of 2001.

Roy had many interests and hobbies. He could do just about anything he set his mind to, from building houses to doing electrical work . He kept everything working like clockwork. He liked to fish, especially at Dark Canyon lake in the La Sals. He liked to hunt and he bowled league for many years-- but his favorite pastime was building motors for race cars, doing mechanics and working on pet Projects. He could do just about anything to keep a vehicle up and running, which was good in the younger, leaner years. In the 60's, he souped up his1966 Chevy and raced it at the old drag strip south of Moab. He also built a dragster and raced it as well, winning a lot of trophies to show off!

Roy had a soft spot in his heart for young people and mentored quite a few of them as he was helping them to learn to build motors , re-build carburetors and setting timing for them. When he built a motor he was never “Ok” with it until it was in the vehicle, he heard how it was going to run, set the timing and then with a big smile, he would declare “That's a good one”. Funny cause all of them were.

Roy had a generous and kind spirit. He had a lot of love in him. He loved God, his family, his friends and his country.

He is survived by his wife Pauline, children, Lori (Nick) Davis, Gregory (Crissie) Lathrom and Jeff (Michelle), Lathrom, Grand children, Melissa Davis (Hank), Nicklis (Kim) Davis, Amanda ( Jared) Waldron, Joshua Lathrom, Sinda Sakala, Sarah Lathrom, Ciara Shay, and Jesse Lathrom .Great grand children, Chad and Kasen Davis, Taya and Avery Lathrom, Kai and Dax Waldron ,Caleb, Bella and Stockton Sakala., and Kristian, Xavier and Kalista Lafoon. A sister Patricia Evans and husband Paul Rice. A brother Ed (Miriam) Caine and numerous nieces and nephews and cousins who loved him and will miss him dearly.

He was proceeded in death by his parents Robert and Viola Caine, Roy L Lathrom, brothers, David Caine, Robert D”Buddy” Caine and sister, Bonnie Rae Lathrom., Father and mother in law Emanuel and Elsie Thompson, sisters in law Muriel Devereaux and Lois Weis and brother in law Jim Renfro.

Services will be held at The Canyonlands Fellowship Church (MARC) March 25th. At 10:00 A.M with a graveside service to follow.

In lieu of flowers the family would like to request donations be made to Grand County Hospice 450 W. Williams Way Moab, UT. 84532


I worked with Roy in Physical Therapy and loved him. He was great fun.
- Paula Dalton

Pauline, I am so sorry for you loss! Sending lots of Prayers and Love to and your family!
- Rose Bonde

Pauline & family; Sorry to hear about the death of your dear husband. I'm remembering the good times Ron & I had with you & Roy back in the old days of Midland Telephone Company. I always thought of Roy as a very sweet man with a fun sense of humor. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and that we all care. Roy will be missed by all whose lives he touched.
- Diane Rynio

We are part of those kids that he took in and helped with cars. My Mike and Roy build an amazing motor for stock car #97! The motor is still running in our '72 Impala. I was blessed by having that Grand man treat me like an extra daughter. He filled an enormous void in my life and there can never be another Poppa Roy. I miss him lots and Nan Pauline I love you so.
- Sabrina Randall

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