Marlon Dean Tolman

April 21, 1931 — November 27, 2014

Marlon Dean Tolman

Marlon Dean Tolman, 83, beloved son, brother, uncle, and friend, died peacefully in his sleep on Thanksgiving day, Nov. 27, 2014, in Payson, Utah after a long struggle with emphysema. Marlon was born in Midvale, Utah on April 21, 1931 to Perry Jaren Tolman and Delores Aleta Allsop. He was the third of four children, and enjoyed a happy childhood in historic downtown Sandy surrounded by loving family and cousins. Marlon graduated from Jordan High School and attended the University of Utah where he studied architecture. He also started his career in retail sales working for ZCMI and then Auerbach's in the late 40's then entered the Navy in the 50's and served our country in the Korean Conflict on the USS Baltimore for 4 years touring the world. He then worked in Los Angeles for Western Electric and then back in Salt Lake for Industrial Physics and Electronics. In the 70's Marlon moved to the "Pair-a-dice" trailer park in North Las Vegas and returned to retail customer service for Sears & Roebuck Co. where he served others consistently and with great acclaim for over 25 years. Well after retirement Marlon returned to his family in Utah, and to activity in his LDS faith, attending the temple and later serving in the high priest group leadership until his former years of smoking caught up to him. He lived out his final 14 years surrounded by the love of his sister and her children and grandchildren and his many in-laws and other family. Marlon was a loving, kind, and gentle man. He was a gifted musician and a talented artist. Despite his poor health, he rarely complained and usually made the best of his situation with humor and a smile. He made friends at every health facility he patronized, especially with the ladies. Marlon is survived by his stepsister Merle Elizabeth Alvey, brother-in-law Harvey (Phyllis Griffins) Mortensen, nephews and niece Brad (Claudia) Mortensen, Boyd (Kim) Mortensen, Rod (Krista) Mortensen, Kelly (James) Porter, Bart (Stephanie) Mortensen, David (Leila) Mortensen, 30 great nieces and nephews, and 10 great great nieces and nephews. Proceeded in death by his parents, his stepfather L.P. Alvey, brothers Dan and Blaine Tolman, and sister Patsy Mortensen. A viewing will be held at 12 noon followed by funeral services at 12:30pm on Friday, December 5, 2014, at the historic Orchard Ward at 3707 S. 800 W. Bountiful, Utah. Interment will be at 3 pm in the Sandy City Cemetery. The prodigal son has returned to his parents and Savior to find forgiveness and eternal love. We love you Marlon and will miss you until we meet again!
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