Bion Tolman, past vice-president of the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company, died March 19, 1991 in Salt Lake City of natural causes.
Born November 26, 1907 in Murtaugh, Idaho, the son of Judson Isaac and Phoebe Emerett Bates Tolman. He married Lucille Morgan on June 24, 1931 in Logan LDS Temple. She died August 3, 1983.Bion grew up on a farm in Murtaugh, served an LDS mission in the California Mission and graduated from the Utah State Agricultural College with a B.S. degree in agriculture in 1932, where he was elected to Phi Kappa Phi. he received a master's degree in plant breeding in 1933 and as a member of Sigma Xi, the most prominent scientific organization in the country.
During his long career in agriculture, in the state of Utah, he worked as an agricultural inspector, county agent and asssistant agronomist. Bion then had a very successful career of 29 years with the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company, where he held the positions of research director, agricultural superintendent and then vice-president of agriculture. He served as director of the American Society of Sugar Beet Technologists for 15 years, being the youngest person ever to receive their meritorious service award. He also served as director of the Sugar Beet Growers Development Foundation of 20 years.
Bion had wonderful hobbies that enriched may people. His beautiful iris were nationally famous and his gardens were locally admired and appreciated. He served for many years as president of the Utah Iris Society and served on the board of directors for the American Iris Society. Over the years, he won numerous awards for his prize flowers including 32 flowers to his credit which he bred, named and registered.
Bion was a valiant member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served as Stake Seventies president, Stake Sunday School superintendent, High Councilman, ward executive secretary and High Priest group leader. He served on the General Welfare Committee of the Church and contributed his agricultural expertise to the General Church Welfare Program. He was particularly gratified with his work with the Senior Aaronic Priesthood members of the church. He had a great love of genealogical work. He was president of the Thomas Tolman Family Organization for 28 years, contributing to the work of saving 1000's of his kindred dead.
He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, who set a tremendous example for his family as a premier scholar and practitioner of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
He is survived by his six daughters and their husbands, Janice and Ronald Gygi, Carol Ann and LeBaron Robinson, Kristie and Bob Pitts, all of Salt Lake City; LuRee and Alfred VanWagenen, Fruit Heights, Utah; Sally and Jay Wimmer, Irvine, California; Linda Kay and Jim Smith, Laie, Hawaii. He is also survived by 31 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and three sisters, Loa Clark Hutchings, Fresno, California; Inez Waldron, Salt Lake City and June DeFant, San Diego, California.
Funeral services will be Saturday, March 23, 1991 at 11 a.m. at the Holladay LDS 24th Ward, 4395 South Albright (2145 East). Friends may call at the MacKay Cottonwood Mortuary, 4670 Highland Drive on Friday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and at the church on Saturday one hour prior to services. Burial will be in the MacKay Holladay Memorial Park.
The family wishes to thank the caring personnel at Highland Care Center for their kindness to our father. The family suggests contributions to the Thomas Tolman Family Organization.
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