On February 7, our dear father; husband, grandpa; brother, uncle; friend, Lynn, graduated this life, and was welcomed to the other side by his parents, two siblings, and son. He was lovingly surrounded by family, at the time of his passing. We are so grateful he is free from his physical pains. And yet he is dearly missed, and deeply loved!
Lynn was born on July 6,1953, to Josephine and Clarence Droge. He was the 7th child, 3rd son, and baby of his family. He was a quiet, sweet, obedient boy. And his mom called him her Dolly Boy. Lynn enjoyed scouting growing up. He was a mellow gentle soul. When he was very young, he would often be sitting quietly looking at picture books while his mom took care of her mother. He became an uncle when he was 11 years old. He was a fun uncle, and had so much fun with his nieces and nephews!
He attended Boulton, Hannah Holbrook, and Stoker Elementary School, despite living in the same home his entire childhood. He attended Bountiful Jr. High School, and graduated from Bountiful High, in 1971. Lynn attended Utah Technical College, from 1971-1972, prior to his serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. When he returned, he continued his education. He graduated with a diploma in Building Construction.
He was an accomplished musician. His parents provided piano lessons, but the piano was not his forte. He and his mom enjoyed special time together in the church choir. One conductor told his mom that Lynn had perfect pitch. His good parents provided vocal lessons from a neighbor, who sang in the world-renowned Tabernacle Choir of the church. Lynn & his wife loved to sing together at home (just the 2 of them) for almost 47 years. They sang together in church choirs, and with family.
When Lynn was in junior high school band, Lynn’s parents discovered Lynn’s God given talent with the trumpet. During high school, Lynn had the awesome opportunity to participate in the legendary band of Mr. Steve Allen, performing college level competition. They traveled some, and won awards, even at college level. He kept this talent of trumpeting all through his life. His children would often request him to play songs like “Flight of the Bumblebee” and “Danny Boy’. He could also play countless songs without music. It never really felt like Christmas until his family heard him play “Oh Holy Night” on the trumpet.
Lynn served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Oklahoma Tulsa mission from 1972-1974. He had cherished memories and friends from this experience, and grew spiritually. Lynn met Maxine Miller in August of 1974. After dating for 2 years, he married his Eternal Sweetheart in the Salt Lake City Utah Temple. After moving around a lot in the first few years of their marriage, they settled in the home in which Lynn grew up, in Bountiful Utah, where they lived until their children were grown.
Lynn and Maxine have 8 Children, 7 sons and 1 daughter. Lynn was a loving, fun father, who always made time to play with his children. He raised his family with a silly sense of humor that he passed onto his children. He was the dad who was at all the concerts, games, and activities of his kids. He supported his children with love, and taught them to love God, and follow His gospel. As they grew, he was able to pass on this love to his grandchildren as well.
He was a talented cabinet maker, and could make almost anything from wood. His family was always amazed at the wonderful things he was able to create. He was also a great lover of poetry. He composed and collected poems that he loved. He most of all loved his family and his Savior, and showed that love throughout his life.
Lynn was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Gary, sister Sharon, and his son Bruce. He is survived by 3 sisters, Nola, Nancy, and Mary Ann and 1 brother Ronald; his wife Maxine, 6 sons, Shawn, Byron, David, Greg, Adam, and Joseph, 1 daughter Annalynne, 4 daughters in laws, 1 son in law, 20 grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and many other family members.
The funeral services for Lynn will be Thursday, February 16, at noon in the Bountiful 9th Ward building, 585 E Center Street, in Bountiful. There will be two viewings, one the night before, Wednesday, February 15, from 6-8 p.m. at Russon Brothers Mortuary in Syracuse, Utah, 1585 W 300 S in Syracuse. The second viewing will be the morning of the funeral at 10:45 a.m., at the 9th Ward building. If you are unable to attend in person, there will be a livestream on the Russon Mortuary & Crematory Facebook page.
In lieu of flowers, Maxine is asking for help with financial needs.