After working for 37 years in the Alpine School District, E. Max Thorne has retired as maintenance coordinator.

Thorne began his career in the district in 1950 as a carpentry shop worker. In 1964, he became assistant director of maintenance and operations, an assignment he filled until 1980, when he became maintenance coordinator. He received the Utah School Employees Association Outstanding Employee award that same year."I have enjoyed my work over the years, and the friendships I've acquired are very important to me," Thorne said.