Ezra Gardner Thornton, 1 Mar 1863 - 30 Jan 1937

DUP Obituary Scrapbook (1933-1939)

Ezra G. Thornton

    He was born March 1, 1864, at Parowan, a son of Steven and Nancy Curtis 
Thornton. He spent his boyhood there and married Laura Orton of Parowan, May 
8, 1883, in the St. George L. D. S. temple.  They went to St. Johns, Ariz., 
as colonizers.  In 1885 they moved to Parowan and in 1922 to Beaver.

    He was extensively engaged in the sawmill business in Parowan, where he 
manufactured shingles as well as all types of sawed lumber.  Prior to his 
death he operated two sawmills in the Beaver section.

    Mrs. Thornton died February 5, 1936.  A. son, Carlos Thornton of Paragonah, 
was killed by an automobile in July, 1936.  Six sons and daughters survive, 
Wallace Thornton, Draper; Mrs. Merlin Kelsey, Grant Thornton and Jessie 
Thornton, Salt Lake City; Mrs. Isadore Barton, Cedar City, and Mrs. Lauretta 
Stoddard, Beaver; 26 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; seven brothers
and sisters, William Thornton, Parowan, Nelson, George, Ed and Don Thornton. 
Salt Lake City; Mrs. Luella Carson, Junction, and Mrs. Louisa DeLue, Canada.

    Tentative plans are to hold short services at Beaver Wednesday, preceding 
services, in the Parowan L. D. S. East ward chapel at 1:30 p. m. Wednesday. 
Burial will be in the Parowan cemetery.