Sergeant Doyle R. Thorne

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.

Fallen Officers