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Dean S. and Lu Jean Robinson Thornock correspondence

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 8830

Scope and Contents

Includes handwritten letters written by Dean Thornock to his wife Lu Jean Robinson Thornock. Each of these writings were written to LuJean (who lived in various locations including California, Idaho, and Montana) from his time in the Philippines during World War II. Also includes a birthday and Christmas card for her. Materials dated 1944-1945.


  • 1944-1945


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Dean S. and Lu Jean Robinson Thornock correspondence must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Dean S. Thornock (1924-2014) was Mormon serviceman in the United States Navy during World War II.

Dean Stewart Thornock was born to Heber and Wanda Thornock in Salem, Idaho on May 19, 1924. After his childhood, he married LuJean Robinson in 1944. Three weeks after their marriage, he served in the Navy during World War II as a constructor of airstrips in the Phillipines and, once he returned home, he spent his time with limited funds living in a trailer in Grandview, Idaho. For the next 30 years, he managed to work as the local barber in the community, worked for the Colonial Theater running the movie projector, and even started a water company "Rainwater" in 1965. He and his wife were married for 69 years and had six children.

Thornock died on January 30, 2014 in Mabton, Washington.

Biographical History

Lu Jean Robinson Thornock (1927-2015) was a Mormon woman in Idaho and Utah.

Lu Jean Robinson Thornock was born to Thomas Butler Robinson and Alzina Tryphena Lamoreaux Robinson in St. George, Utah on November 26, 1927. After growing up, she soon married her husband Dean Thornock in 1944 three weeks before he was deployed to the Philippines to build airstrips during World War II. As she lived with her family, she and Dean had six children, worked in various positions in the Grandview community including at the Grandway Drug Store, a Tupperware salesperson, and at Libby's. She also was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she served in many callings. After 69 years of marriage, Dean died in 2014 and she shortly moved to Roy, Utah--where she died a year later.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)



Custodial History

Donated by Michael W. Thornock, relative of Dean S. and Lu Jean Robinson Thornock, in 2016.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Michael W. Thornock; February 2016.


Utah and the American West, LDS family history, and Saints at War (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.V, August 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; Eric Wolford; 2016.
Register of Dean S. and Lu Jean Robinson Thornock correspondence
Eric Wolford
2016 May 18
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Language of description
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States