PRICE - W. Thuren Odendahl passed away suddenly at his home on May 16, 2013, at the age of 88.
He was born Dec. 8, 1924 in Oak Creek, Colo., to Walter B. and Lois L. Whitecotton Odendahl. He grew up in Oak Creek and attended school there for eleven years. In 1942, he moved to Benton, Ill., where he attended, and graduated from high school.
Immediately after graduation, he was drafted and served in the U.S. Navy Seabees, 107th Construction Battalion, and was stationed in the South Pacific for the remainder of World War II.
Following his military service, he moved to Sunnyside where his parents had moved during the war. While living in Sunnyside, he graduated from Carbon College and met his wife, Beverly Naylor. They were married on June, 19, 1948 and moved to Salt Lake where he attended the University of Utah. After moving back to Price, they raised three children; Gordon, Barbara and Keith. Their lives revolved around their family to the end.
Thuren and his father owned and operated Star Point Coal Company for five and one-half years. They then bought Carbon Transfer & Supply Company, a mining supply company, where he continued serving the coal mining industry of Utah and Colorado until the business closed in 1987. Thuren then worked for Kraync Motors and Mountain View / Davis Croft Motors until his retirement. He enjoyed his work and he always believed in honesty and integrity in everything he did.
Thuren and Beverly enjoyed traveling, playing bridge, Helper Dinner Dance and socializing with their many close friends. He loved the Utah Jazz, Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Indians and NASCAR. He enjoyed feeding "his" birds and watching deer in the yard.
Thuren was active in the Masonic Fraternity for over 65 years. He served as Master of Joppa Lodge in 1957 and 1976. He was elected and served as Grand Master of Masons for Utah in 1984. He was a member of the Scottish Rite and had been invested with the 33rd Degree. He belonged to Naomi Chapter # 13 Order of Eastern Star and the Price United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his children Gordon (Debra) Odendahl, Barbara (Bill) Fox, Keith (Mary) Odendahl; grandchildren Miranda, Steve, Keri, Kyle, Trevor, Jennifer (Jeri), Kelly, Karin, 13 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by his parents Walter and Lois, father and mother-in-law Horace and Isabell Naylor, wife Beverly, grandson Ryan Fox and sister Jeanne Cavalli.
Funeral services will be at Mitchell Funeral Home, 233 East Main Street, Price at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. Public Masonic services will be conducted by the officers of the Grand Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons of Utah. A visitation will be at Mitchell Funeral Home Monday evening from 6 - 8 p.m. and Tuesday one hour prior to services. Internment, Price City Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home of Price where friends are welcome daily and may share memories of Thuren at www.mitchellfuneralhome.net.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Masonic Foundation of Utah, the Scottish Rite Foundation Children's Learning Center (both at 650 E. South Temple St. Salt Lake City Utah 84102), or the charity of your choice.
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