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Lorenzo Neville Hoopes

November 5, 1913 ~ September 21, 2012 (age 98)
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Message from Craig Bell
December 14, 2013 10:56 PM

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!
Message from Judith H. Brown
September 29, 2012 6:36 PM

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
Message from Don Mullin
September 28, 2012 6:34 PM

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
Message from Douglas D. Palmer
September 27, 2012 4:57 PM

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.
Message from Joan Allred
September 26, 2012 10:34 PM

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
Message from Gregory and Candilyn Newell
September 26, 2012 2:36 PM

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)
Message from Matt Klein
September 26, 2012 12:56 PM

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.
Message from Wendy Sorensen
September 26, 2012 10:34 AM

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
Message from Mark J. Griffin
September 25, 2012 8:31 AM

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.  

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