Lorenzo Neville Hoopes

Born: Wed., Nov. 5, 1913
Died: Fri., Sep. 21, 2012


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Sep. 29, 2012
Location: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Sep. 29, 2012
Location: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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(1913 – 2012)

Lorenzo “Ren” Neville Hoopes, 98, died on Friday, September 21, 2012.
Ren was born in Brigham City, Utah, on November 5, 1913, to Jesse Warner and Matilda “May” Eastman Hoopes, the second youngest son of May E. Hoopes, Jesse Warner Hoopes Jr., Victor Eastman Hoopes, Wendall Grant Hoopes, Afton Eloise Hoopes Lillywhite, and Harold Whitney Hoopes (all of whom with their spouses predeceased him).  He married Stella Bobbie Sorensen April 9, 1938, in Los Angles, CA, they were sealed in the Mesa Temple, March 30, 1945.  They are the parents of two children: David Craig Hoopes and Janet Hoopes Washburn (died in 1981), seven grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

Ren graduated from Box Elder High School in Brigham City, Utah.  He was a student at Weber College (1933) and the University of Utah (1935), graduated from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University (1952) and earned an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University (1976).  He received an honorary LL.D. from the University of Utah (1975) and an honorary H.H.D. from Oklahoma Christian College (1977) and an honorary D.H.L. from Utah State University (2006).  He was the recipient of the Jesse Knight Industrial Citizenship award (1974) and the Presidential citation (1990) from Brigham Young University.

He was engaged in cooperative marketing of agricultural commodities (1935-40) and began his career with Safeway in 1941 as an operator of egg shell processing plants in Idaho and California.  In 1953 he was appointed executive assistant to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson.  Upon returning to Safeway in 1955, he became plant operations manager for Lucerne Milk Co., a division of Safeway.  In 1959 he became manager of the dairy and egg division and was elected vice president and manager of supply operations in 1963.  He was elected senior vice president and director of Safeway in 1972.  He held both of those positions until his retirement in 1979.

Ren has served on many boards of directors, including, among others: director of Belkorp Incorporated, a major venture capital company, Vancouver, BC, (1983-present); director of The Paramount Theatre; director of the Oakland Unified School District Board of Education (1960-77); chairman and member of the board of directors of the Foundation for American Agriculture (1956-85); vice chairman and member of the Board of the Farm Foundation (1976-85); president and member of the Coordinating Council for Higher Education, State of California (1973-74); chairman, director and secretary of the National Dairy Council (1959-79); director, Photo and Sound Company, a San Francisco-based audiovisual and computer distribution company (1979-93); chairman and member of BYU’s Marriott School of Management National Advisory Council (1976-present); Weber State University’s National Advisory Council, 1999-present); and Utah State’s College of Education National Advancement Board (2006-present).  His name is listed in Marquis’ Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the West. He was a life-long member of Rotary International having joined in 1941, and received Rotary’s Paul Harris Fellow Award (1979). He was a lifelong member of the Boy Scouts of America San Francisco Bay Area Council.

He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as bishop, bishop’s counselor, counselor in a stake presidency, and stake president of the Oakland California Stake.  He was president of the England Bristol Mission (1979-82), president of the Oakland Temple (1983-90), and always served as at sealer in the temple. He was director of the Temple Hill California Public Affairs Council (1994-2012).

Services will be held Saturday, September 29, 2012, at 11:00 AM at the Oakland Interstake Center Auditorium, 4780 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland, CA.   Friends may call at the Interstake Center 9:00-10:30 AM.

Interment at Brigham City Cemetery, Brigham City, Utah.  Friends may call at the Myers Mortuary, 205 South 100 East, Brigham City, Utah, on October  2, 2012, from 12 noon to 2 PM, prior to interment.

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Mark J. Griffin
   Posted Tue September 25, 2012
President Lorenzo Hoopes made a difference in my life.

His persistence and understanding, kindness and attentive care as as church leader is etched in my memory, and he co-owns with others a corner of my early life when several people set me on a better road than I otherwise would have taken.

Despite his high community and church standing, when my life's course fell under his care, I had the impression that in his eyes I was a person of consequence--someone that mattered. It was a gift he freely gave to those around him.

I owe President Hoopes a "pay-it-forward" debt that is my daily obligation.

I am certain that in saying this, I stand in the ranks of many hundreds and perhaps thousands who feel so indebted and obligated to this wonderful man; undoubtedly, among the best of men this world has to offer.

Mark J. Griffin
Cottonwood Heights, Utah.

Wendy Sorensen
   Posted Wed September 26, 2012
Dear David and family,

It was a privilege to know "Uncle" Ren. He was such a kind, loving human being. He treated me as though I had been a member of your family from the moment I met him.

I, too, lost my Dad last month and I know how tragic this loss can be. I am truly sorry for your loss. I hope and pray that you will find peace in the arms of God.

Wendy Sorensen

Matt Klein
   Posted Wed September 26, 2012
With sincerity in our hearts, the Alpha Tau Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha at the University of Utah would like to express our condolences to the family of Ren.
What a fine example to our young men. We were very lucky to have met him and have him attend our 100 year anniversary last April.

Gregory and Candilyn Newell
   Posted Wed September 26, 2012
We send our love, thoughts and prayers to and for David and Diane & family at this time of separation from your remarkable father.
Greg and Candilyn Newell (Stockholm)

Joan Allred
   Posted Thu September 27, 2012
To Family and Friends of Ren Hoopes,

I have counted my many connections to President Hoopes. To him I owe a 21 year career at Safeway. For a couple of years he was my landlord. He was my home teacher, my stake president and my temple president and a friend.
He will be missed but is happy to be home with Stella and other family members.
What a wonderful life.

Joan Allred

Douglas D. Palmer
   Posted Thu September 27, 2012
To the Family of Brother Hoopes,

My best wishes to you at the passing of Brother Hoopes. I am a retired reporter for the Deseret News and the Church News. I knew this good man in that capacity. It began at the passing of President Ezra Taft Benson, and statements gathered from Brother Hoopes about the church leader and their association in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Brother Hoopes'' reflections were included in story and obituary material I wrote about President Benson. Brother Hoopes was so warm and friendly and helpful to me. I also had contacts with him for a number of years on a number of other matters, and at one time he and I had lunch together in Salt Lake City. He was also very gracious to my wife and I when we had a daughter living in California. He may have been president of the Oakland Temple at the time. I will never forget his kindness. I wish that I could attend his funeral in Brigham City, but I will try and visit his gravesite. My love and best wishes to you all.

Don Mullin
   Posted Fri September 28, 2012
I had been an employee under the management trainee position only a couple of months when I first met Mr. Hoopes. He was in Washington D. C. to visit several of the supply plants. He took the time to visit with me and we continued to run into each other for the next 35 years. i had the honor of having him as a golf partner at the Grey Eagle tournament one year. He was as bad a golfer as I was. But a really good boss

Judith H. Brown
   Posted Sat September 29, 2012
I worked with Ren at Safeway until he retired. He was a good friend, a man with good humor and kind. Please accept my condolences. Judith

Craig Bell
   Posted Sun December 15, 2013
My father worked for Safeway for his entire career, and had the highest regard for Ren Hoopes. I met Ren in about 1988 when I joined Oakland Rotary where Ren was a longimt member. Since my father died in 1974, he had been gone for some 14 years. He came up to me at a Rotary meeting and introduced himself, and asked if I was related to Harold Bell who had worked at Safeway. Upon learning our relationship, he asked me how my mother and sister were doing -- and called them by name after all those years had gone by! Ren Hoopes was a stand-up citizen, and I am sorry to hear he has passed. On the other hand, he lived a good long life. accomplished many fine things, and helped lots of people along the way. Blessings to the family. Farewell, Ren!

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