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Gilbert Horrocks

Gilbert Ray Horrocks

Sunday, May 31st, 1925 - Saturday, December 29th, 2018
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Gilbert Ray Horrocks of Provo, Utah, passed away peacefully on December 29, 2018, surrounded by his family. Gil led an extraordinary life. He was raised during the Great Depression in a two-room log cabin with a leaky clay roof and no electricity or plumbing in the tiny farming community of Arcadia in Duchesne County, Utah. Through hard work and determination, he went on to get his civil engineering degree at the age of forty-one and together with his wife Lois founded Horrocks Engineers—a company that he was immensely proud of.

Gil was born on May 31, 1925, to Melna Beatrice Gilbert and Franklin Ray Horrocks. As the eldest of six children, Gil’s incredible work ethic began in childhood. He loved telling the story of how at the young age of 5 he was responsible for driving the family’s herd of cows a mile from home and staying with them all day while they grazed. After Gil’s mother tragically passed away when he was thirteen years old, his father had to leave town to find work and Gil was left to tend house, raise his younger siblings, take care of the farm chores, and work in the post office and little store that was run out of their home. This made it difficult for Gil to attend school, which was so important to him.

Despite these challenges, Gil was able to complete high school, graduating from Roosevelt High in 1943. It was during this year that he met his eternal companion, Lois Marie Hatch. On December 18, 1944, the two of them made a day trip to Salt Lake City where they were married in the temple and then returned back to Duchesne by public bus. It was an exceptionally happy partnership of fifty-five years, during which time they raised 4 children while living in Duchesne, Brigham City, and Salt Lake.

After Lois’ death, Gil found a second love and companion in Delores Iseli Last, who he married on January 30, 2000. With this union came the welcome addition of 4 stepchildren and their families. Together, Gil and Delores have had many wonderful years of companionship.

A lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Gil had a strong testimony. He served in many callings, including Bishop of the Provo Edgemont 9th Ward. Also, along with Lois he served two church service missions; one working on water rights for church properties in Utah County and one overseeing the design and construction of the Heber Valley Camp.
Gil’s greatest source of happiness was his family, who he loved to spend time with and who loved spending time with him. Over the years, there were many memorable family hunting and camping trips and too many Lake Powell adventures to count. Gil’s favorite place was the log cabin that he designed and built in order to provide a wonderful gathering place for the entire family. These are cherished memories that we will always hold in our hearts.

Gil is survived by his wife, Delores Horrocks, his children, Connie (Lee) Wimmer, Linda (Jeff) Smith, Jim (Cindy) Horrocks, and Shelley (Michael) Mann, step-children, Mary Ann Young, Connie (Richard) Nuttall, Mike (Nancy) Last, Craig (Chaunte) Last, nineteen grandchildren, and fifty-seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lois, his parents, and his five siblings.

Please join us in honoring the life and legacy of Gil. A public viewing will be held on Friday, January 4, 2019, at Nelson Mortuary, 4780 N. University Ave., Provo, Utah, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on January 5, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at the Sharon East Stake Center, 2400 N. 1060 East, Provo, Utah (no public viewing will be held prior to Saturday services). Interment will follow at the East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery. To send condolences, visit www.NelsonMortuary.com.

In the spirit of Gil’s generosity, the family would like to request that in lieu of flowers you donate to your favorite charity.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, January 4th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Friday, January 4th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Nelson Family Mortuary
    Address
    4780 N. University Ave.
    PROVO, UT 84604
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  • Service

    Saturday, January 5th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, January 5th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Sharon East Stake Center
    Address
    2400 N. 1060 E.
    Provo, Utah 84604
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  • Interment

    Saturday, January 5th, 2019 | 12:15pm
    When
    Saturday, January 5th, 2019 12:15pm
    Location
    Eastlawn Memorial Hills
    Address
    4800 N 650 E
    Provo, Utah 84604
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Jackie R.

Posted at 12:55pm
My heartfelt condolence to the Family. I am so sorry for your loss. There are few experiences more difficult than losing a loved one in death. As you cherish the many memories of your dear loved one, Gilbert, please reflect on the time when sickness, death and mourning will be no more. (Revelations 21:3,4) This is what our loving God Jehovah has promised and Jesus guaranteed the hope of seeing our loved ones again by means of the earthly resurrection. (John 5:28,29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 26:19, Psalms 37:10,11) May God’s word bring you comfort during this difficult time and in the days ahead as we await the fulfillment of His promises.
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Joseph Frank Mills

Posted at 02:41pm
We have lost a great man and friend.. Any one that met Gil is better for doing so. He was always willing to help anyone and he helped me many times as I started working with him in conncetion with Pleasant Grove City. He will be missed but we know he is happy doing the work that he was needed for on the other side of the vail. Frank and Annette Mills

Posted at 05:29pm
Dear Horrocks Family: Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of my good friend Gilbert. We worked together at "Todd & Horrocks" in Brigham City many years ago. Gilbert was a hard working, fun loving man and a pleasure to work with. His accomplishments will be long remembered throughout Utah and beyond. Best wishes, Lee Hawkes, Centerville, Utah
HC

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Posted at 04:33pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Posted at 02:18pm
Gil will be long remembered for his character, courage, and integrity. He has touched so many. Our deepest sympathy - the Denver Office
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