RIP, Mr. Dennis Thorp

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Last night’s post on Multi-Tasking featured my early experience in flight school, learning how to hover under the instruction of Mr. Dennis Thorp.

The post prompted me this morning  to search the internet for information on his current status.  Unfortunately, I discovered that he passed away in December.

The funeral write up below best captures this patriot’s life of service.

RIP Dennis Thorp


Dennis A. Thorp

Searcy Funeral Home and Crematory, 1301 Neal Metcalf Road, Enterprise, AL 36330

Date: Dec 29 2015 3:26 PM

Dennis A Thorp, of Enterprise, AL, 71, passed away on Friday, December 25, 2015, as a result of a long battle with diabetes and cancer. His family was by his side when he drifted off to be with the Lord.

Over the course of his lifetime, Dennis served a country he truly loved for over 40 years. He lived his life on a big scale and touched many lives.

His military service included Nuclear Weapons Specialist; Paratrooper; several tours in Vietnam, a tiny statistic of a life lost due to exposure to Agent Orange (diabetes, kidney failure, and bladder and bone cancer); a Flight Test Pilot and Commercial Airline Pilot; and a Flight Instructor at Fort Rucker, AL, from 1974 to 2005.

He touched the lives of many flight students around the world and he cherished and loved every one of them.

Dennis also believed in giving back to the community by volunteering his time which included the Boy Scouts/Explorers; Reserve Police Officer, EMT, and Fire Rescue in Daleville, AL, from 1977 to 1985; he coached youth baseball, soccer, basketball, and swimming and served as a USA Swimming Official from 2000 to 2012. He lived to mentor or help anyone in need.”

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