Jonathan Thomas Thorne

Born: Thu., May 28, 1959
Died: Wed., Jun. 2, 2021


Graveside Service

10:00 AM Sat., Jun. 12, 2021
Location: Skyview Memorial Park


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Jonathan Thomas Thorne was born May 28, 1959 to John E. Thorne and LaVonne L. Thorne (Barnes).  He went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ June 2, 2021.

His mother LaVonne passed away in 1963. In December of 1964 Jonathan met Kay Wright for the first time and told his dad he wanted her for his mommy. In 1965 John and Kay were married.

Jonathan excelled at basketball in high school, graduating from Pendleton High in 1977.  He loved to water ski with the family.  He was one of the most magnificent barefoot water skiers on one foot.  In 1979 he joined the Army.  He spent one year in South Korea. In 1980 he was one of 12 men chosen from 48 basketball teams to represent his army base, Fort Bliss.  The team travelled to other Army bases playing basketball.  He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1984.  

Jonathan loved the Lord with all his heart.  He was a true gentle giant measuring 6’6”, he liked to tell people he was 5’18”. He was always kind and had a good word about everyone.  He loved four-wheeling in his jeeps and pickups in the mountains, especially in the snow, going to the family cabin and cutting wood. He was also an avid hunter.  His loyal dog, Lucas, was always at his side.

Jonathan was preceded in death by his mother, LaVonne, his sister Cindy (Sis) Harrison and grandparents, FJ (Dutch) and Blanche Thorne, Fred and Hazel Barnes, Warren and Lela Wright. And his loyal dog Lucas.

He is survived by his parents, John and Kay Thorne, sisters Linda (Nee Nee) Haynie (Doug), Sandra (Sam) Thorne, Laure (KK) Thorne, numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.  He truly loved and accepted them all.

The family would like to give a heartfelt thank you to the Walla Walla Veterans Home for all their care, kindness and generosity shown to Jonathan the last two years of his life.

Graveside services will be held at 10am, Saturday, June 12, 2021 at Skyview Memorial Cemetery with a luncheon following at Life Church, 222 SW 3rd St off Hwy 395, Pilot Rock, OR.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Jude Children's research hospital,  Ronald McDonald House Charities, or the charity of your choice.

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John Pedro
   Posted Mon June 07, 2021
John and family; so sad to learn of Jonathan's passing. I pray that the Lord will welcome him home and give you all comfort. John Pedro

Paul Thorne
   Posted Tue June 08, 2021
What a powerful and beautiful word of victory has been given here, of the life of Jonathan a distant cousin, perhaps not too unlike the Jonathan David knew. It is a word, yes, and also a song. For those who love the Lord and have their eyes focused upon Him, who sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, the words of Isaiah the prophet are well known. Especially comforting and empowering are the words in Chapter 40. In this chapter we understand how awesome our God is, and ending with a song by Lincoln Brewster, hear the sweet, sweet words of a very young girl as she speaks the words in verses 28-31. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jP2nz6PG8KM John, Thomas, Jonathan, Paul....all names of biblical significance. While I have not personally met you, Jonathan, I look forward to that day. Paul Thorne

Stan/Lynnea Stanhope
   Posted Tue June 08, 2021
Sam,John,Kay and family:
Stan and I are so sorry for your loss of Jonathan. We know how hard this is but try to take comfort knowing he is no longer suffering. Please know we are thinking of you all at this time.
Lynnea (spud) and Stan

Doug Mentzer
   Posted Wed June 09, 2021
I was very saddened to hear about your passing. Our families had so much fun in the summer water skiing. Rest in piece John

Teresa Teater
   Posted Wed June 09, 2021
John, Kay and family, prayers for you all during this difficult time. May God bring you comfort and peace. Hold on to all the wonderful memories you have of him. I have fond memories of going water skiing on the Columbia with your family and going up to your cabin. Hold on to those wonderful memories as they help get you through the difficult days now and in the years to come.

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