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 Thomas David Toyn

Thomas David Toyn

Birth
Ogden, Weber County, Utah, USA
Death 11 Oct 2005 (aged 84)
Orange, Orange County, California, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 100001107 · View Source
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Thomas David Toyn Col. USAF Retired
Thomas D. Toyn passed away October 12, 2005 in Orange. California. Born October 14, 1920 in Ogden, Utah, he was the fourth of nine children born to Alma Harry Toyn and Myrtle Alice Hart.
Tommy (as he was known in his youth) attended school in Ogden and graduated from Ogden High School in 1938. He participated
in football, basketball, track, and Jr. ROTC. He was the yearbook photographer and the president of the Alpha Sigma social club. He was a hard worker and worked various jobs in his teens picking cherries, beans and one painful session of thinning sugar beets, which cured him of that. From the summer of 1937 to 1941, he was an usher and then assistant doorman at the Paramount Theater in Ogden earning 25 and then 35 per hour. That was sufficient to provide for Hs self-sup port, dating and attendance at Weber College where he met his first wife, Mary Elizabeth Allen of Brigham City. In May 1940, he graduated from Weber College with an Associate Degree and a private pilot's Ii- cense via the first U.S. government civilian pilot training program at Weber.
Tom began his military career in December, 1941 when he was accepted for the Army Air Corps pilot training program at Cal-Aero Academy in Ontario, California from which he graduated in June. 1942. TD (as his military buddies called him) was assigned to the new 92" Fighter Squadron, 81st Fighter Group at Muroc Army Air Base, California (now Edwards AFB) flying P-39s and P-38s. The 92nd Fighter Squadron was assigned to the Tunisian campaign in North Africa where they provided air cover for convoys in the Mediterranean and Algerian bases. in December 1943, after flying his plane (which he named Mary 1-2-3) for 250 combat hours and 110 combat missions, he returned to the U.S and spent the remaining period until the end of WWII training replacement fighter pilots. This was the beginning of a 26-year career with the U.S. Air Force His first 16 years were spent primarily in tactical fighter operation and the last ten years in telecommunications and computerized data communication management. The countries Tom served in after WWII were Ger- many - where he participated in the Berlin Airlift; Scotland, Japan,
Korea, Berlin and Canada. In addition, he had stateside assignments in Florida, Texas, New Mexico, Illinois, California, Wash-no
ton and Montana.
Colonel Toyn retired from the Air Force in June 1967. Following his retirement, he attended Brioham Young University where he received his BS in Communications (with a minor in Physics) in 1968 and his MA in Communications along with a teaching certificate in secondary education in 1969. He was with the Jordan School District at Bingham High and Bingham Middle School as a
media Coordinator
01a Coordinator and teacher
for 16 years before retiring again in 1987.
Tom spent his life in loving service to those around him. Tom married Mary Elizabeth Allen in the Salt Lake Temple on January 20, 1944. After 21 years of Multiple Sclerosis, Mary died of colorectal cancer in 1976. In 1984 he married Anna May Patten Jenson Curtis who died of breast cancer in 1985. In July 1986 Tom and Joann Dorton Henderson were married and sealed in the Provo Temple. She died unexpectedly in 1997. He loved and served these women with unmatched gentle compassion. But his service wasn't just to his family Many friends and strangers were unknowing recipients of his acts of kindness.
Tom was active in the LDS church where he faithfully fulfilled his many callings. He and Joann served two missions together in the Artesia, New Mexico Mission and the Family History Center at BYU. He also served as an ordinance worker in the Provo Temple.
He is survived daughters Katherine Ann Olsen of Laverne, California and Teresa (Terri) Lynn Kirkpatrick (Michael) of Corona, California; two stepsons James Curtis (Erin) of Sandy, Utah, and Carlyle Curtis (Lisa) of Corvallis, Oregon, one stepdaughter Claudia Meiners (Dave): three brothers Robert E. (Joy) Toyn of Perry, Utah (currently serving a mission in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania), Richard L. (Jean) Toyn of Farmington, Pennsylvania:, and Harold H.
Toyn of Whittier, California. He was blessed with 21 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents - Alma H. & Myrtle A. Toyn, four sisters Louise (Lyle) Palmer, Virginia Kerr, LaVon Toyn and Marjorie Toyn, one brother Wilson (Bill) Toyn
and, a grandson, Christopher Quint Olsen.
His hobbies included golf, skiing, photography, BYU sports, WWII fighter squadron reunions, traveling in his van, computers and family history.
He always expressed his gratitude for the Lords blessings of family, friends, health and the gospel. He was proud of his heritage and often spoke of the good Ole' days. He never missed an Opportunity to share stories of those times with the grandchildren. He had two motto's "Dessert First," and "Endure to the end."

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on November 4, 2005 at the Pleasant View I Ward, 650 E. Stadium ave in Provo, Utah. Visitation with the family will be prior to the memorial beginning at 9 a.m.


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