Obit Terrance Thornton

Terrance (Terry)


Terrance (Terry) Thornton passed away on Tuesday, December 1st in Yuma, Arizona from complications of COVID-19. He was born January 19, 1955, the son of Keith and Judy Thornton. He was raised in Peck, Idaho and attended Peck Elementary School through the 6th grade and then attended Orofino schools.

He graduated from Orofino High School in 1973. He then attended Lewis Clark College and graduated with a degree in Auto Mechanics in 1975.

He worked for Les Schwab Tire Center for many years, at the University of Idaho in Facilities and then started his own business, Portogo Portable Toilets in 1998, in which he was able to combine his love for driving and talking with people.

Due to health issues he sold the business in 2017 and entered his retirement years as a travel enthusiast. His dream was to spend winters in Yuma, Arizona like his parents did and that is where he made his final trek.

He met his wife in Moscow, Idaho and he and Mary Ann Kallas were married on March 4, 1979 in Spokane, Washington. They enjoyed traveling, watching their daughters play sports, watching their son ride in motorcycle races, riding their side-by-side, hunting, boating, golfing and gambling at their favorite casinos.

He also had a love for riding motorcycles, dirt bikes and his Harley Davidson.

He was always in search of Big Foot and we wish him well on his quest to find “The Foot”. He was happiest when he and MaryAnn were traveling and his theme song was “On The Road Again”, which he sang loudly and off tune.

In addition, he is survived by children, Christina (Jeremy) Fromm, Stephanie (Matt) Deyo and Kevin Thornton (significant other KaCe Lohman). The pride of his life were his grandchildren Reece and Paige Deyo and Emma Fromm. They referred to him as Papou and he had many special names for them. He enjoyed watching them play sports and just hanging out with them. He loved all of his grandkids dearly and cherished and appreciated all the fun times that they had together.

Terry never met a stranger. He would say hi and wave to everyone. His friends and family described him as funny, charming, the kindest soul you could ever meet, he lit up a room wherever he went and always had a smile on his face, kind hearted, good man, excellent husband and father, one of the good ones, wonderful laugh and warm hugs, caring and loving, and hero to many. He could go into a room of deaf and blind people and come out with friends.

He adored his four-legged buddies, Piper and Scribbles, who kept him company and never wavered in their loyalty to him.

He loved and appreciated all the fun times that he had with each and every one who came into his life.

He is survived by his mother Judith Thornton, brother Steve (Jennifer) Thornton, sister Cherryl (Thornton) Sodorff, mother-in-law Bessie Kallas, brother-in-law John (Carlotta) Kallas and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Keith Thornton, father-in-law George Kallas and brother-in-law Terry Sodorff,

Cremation has taken place. Due to COVID restrictions, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Time and place will be posted on Facebook.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Orofino Motorcycle Club LLC, P. O. Box 1983, Orofino, ID 83544.

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