Sergeant Doyle R. Thorne

Died on July 30, 1994

Age 52
Utah Highway Patrol
Accidental: Aircraft

Sergeant Thorne lost his life in the crash of a helicopter during a search and rescue operation. The 52-year-old victim was the sole occupant of a UHP helicopter dispatched to search for a small child lost in the area of Indian Canyon, Duchesne County. When the search concluded with the safe discovery of the child, Sgt. Thorne was returning to base in Salt Lake County. Near Strawberry Peak in Wasatch County, he radioed that he was experiencing mechanical trouble. He was not heard from again. Three days later, searchers located the wreckage and the body of Sgt. Thorne.  A 24-year veteran of the UHP, Sgt. Thorne left a wife and four children. He is buried in Brigham City Cemetery.  His bronze name plaque is sponsored by the Utah Highway Patrol Association.


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3 responses to “Sergeant Doyle R. Thorne”

  1. Roger Dotson says:

    I have passed this memorial many times in the last five years. Looked it up today. I am sorry for the loss of Sgt. Thorne, but he gave his life in the service of others, and he should be honored forever.

  2. Eric Whitehead says:

    The Utah Peace Officer Association is going to be honoring Sgt. Doyle Thorne at the Fallen Officer Trail Ride in Moab on April 18 2015. We would like to invite Family and friends to come to the event to help Honor Sgt. Thorne and all our Fallen Officers.

  3. I worked with Doyle back in the late 1980’s and early 90’s when I was a DEA Special Agent assigned to Salt Lake City, Utah. He was an outstanding man, and I remember many good conversations we had about life and family while working together. My deepest sympathy for his family and may God bless you.

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