LORENZO NEVILLE HOOPES
(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.
Express condolences at: www.facebook.com/lorenzo.hoopes or www.oakparkhillschapel.com .
In lieu of flowers, donations are welcome to the Perpetual Education Fund (PEF) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. www.pef.lds.org .