Obituary: TOLBOE, VERNON EUGENE

Published: Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:41 p.m. MDT

Vernon Eugene Tolboe"Gene"Vernon Eugene Tolboe, our gentle father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend passed away Thursday, November 10, 2011 due to complications from a hip fracture and diabetes.Gene was born in Provo, Utah on September 6, 1929 to Vernon Christian and Ophelia Jennings Tolboe. He was their oldest child and big brother to Carole (Maxfield) who was born four years later. He had a wonderful childhood in Provo, where he made many friends with whom he was closely associated until his death. He loved his school days, especially his time at B.Y. High School where he played both football & basketball and was Student Body President. When Gene was 16 years old he lost both his parents in a tragic auto accident, an event that would significantly impact his sensitive and artistic nature.He married Lois Ann Nelson on June 28, 1951 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple and they had three children together. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1954 and a Bachelor of Architecture the following year from the University of Utah.He studied Art and Design at The New School for Social Research in New York City. Gene worked in Architectural firms in Provo, New York City and Salt Lake City. He also worked as a Project Engineer for Tolboe Construction. He spent the greatest part of his career at Panushka & Associates and completed his professional life as the Chief Architect for the Salt Lake City Airport Authority.Our Dad was an artist in every way. He was intrigued by the beauty of design; whether it was in buildings, furniture, paintings, sculpture or jewelry. He loved the theater and music, especially Jazz. He also loved sports and was a true Utah Ute fan. He had a passion for skiing and tennis. He enjoyed coaching his son's softball teams, and served as Scoutmaster to the same group of young men he coached on the field. More than anything, he adored his grandchildren and was proud of their accomplishments.He is survived by a son and two daughters, Bradley Eugene Tolboe, Anne Marie Lowe (Howard) and Patricia Clark; ten grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Lois Ann, his parents and sister. Special thanks to his long time nurse and friend Tammy Loock Strahl whose generous care gave us an extra four years with our Dad.Funeral services will be held Friday, November 18, 2011 at 11 am at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary (3401 South Highland Drive). Friends and family may call from 9:45 until 10:45 am on Friday morning or from 6 to 8 pm Thursday evening at the same location. Interment Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.