Little Ornette Tolman

Little Ornette Tolman

Birth
Death 22 Apr 2008 (aged 97)
Burial Fairview, Lincoln County, Wyoming, USA
Memorial ID 30249185 · View Source
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Ornette L. Tolman died April 20, 2008 in his home surrounded by his devoted family. He was born in Star Valley, to Victoria Vail Tolman and Little John Tolman, joining numerous brothers and sisters. He was the last of John Tolman's children to die.
After graduation from Fairview High school, Ornette served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in Belgium, France, and Germany where he learned his love of teaching and spreading the word of God as well as his love of travel and learning. Upon returning home, he began his studies at Utah State University in Logan, Utah on a football scholarship where he graduated with a Bachelors of science Degree.
Ornette first worked as a county agent helping farmers and ranchers learn techniques to run more efficient farming operations. But being an adventurer, he decided to run his won business as a cattle rancher and honey bee operator in Texas until his retirement at 78.
Ornette was a happy, loving, generous man who considered every day a blessing and in this way he brought joy to everyone who knew him. He was blessed to be able to travel with his wife Aletha upon retirement and see the world. Many of his winters were spent teaching school to 4th-5th graders in Crystal City, Texas. Though he was a great lover of children who seemed to sense his kindness and delight in them, Ornette felt a need to teach children about the world around them.
Ornette is survived by his beloved wife Deanna, son Jon M Tolman, daughter Anita L. Echikunwoke, daughter's-in-law Betty Tolman and sue Ann Guthrie Tolman, 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife of 60 years Aletha Jane Tolman, his son Paul Kim Tolman both parents and all of his many brothers and sisters.
Services will be held June 21, 2008 at the Fairview LDS Church at 11 a.m. Memorial will be at the Fairview Cemetery at 12 noon and the luncheon at 1 p.m.



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  • Created by: Carol STEVENS
  • Added: 1 Oct 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 30249185
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Little Ornette Tolman (26 Jan 1911–22 Apr 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 30249185, citing Fairview Cemetery, Fairview, Lincoln County, Wyoming, USA ; Maintained by Carol STEVENS (contributor 46861595) .