Harold W. (Whitey) Hopkin


(April 3, 2002)

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Powell for Harold W. (Whitey) Hopkin, 74, who died unexpectedly Thursday, April 3 in Denver, Colo., while enjoying a last dance with his beloved wife, Alyce.

He was born May 17, 1927, to Frederick William and Elizabeth Wilson Hopkin in Penrose. He attended school in Powell, graduating from high school in 1945.

During the summers when he was in high school, he spent time helping his father on their cattle ranch in the Bull Mountains of Montana. He treasured the time with his father, working with the animals in the mountains.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1947 and was stationed in Guam. On returning home, he married Alyce Marie Hardee on Aug. 13, 1947. Later the marriage was solemnized in the LDS Idaho Falls Temple.

The couple settled in Penrose where they farmed and ranched until 1983. After retiring, he spent many years, during the summer months, in the Pryor Mountains, working on the Shively Ranch and making friends with the guests at the "working ranch."

He served on the board of Garland Light & Power Company, the Wyoming Rural Electric board and as a director of the Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.

A true Wyoming Cowboy, he enjoyed riding his horses, singing a song, sketching, leatherworking, telling a good joke and dancing with Alyce. He was always willing to lend a hand, and many people benefited from his kindness.

As a member of the LDS Church, he held many leadership and teaching positions, was an ordinance worker in the Billings, Montana Temple and enjoyed singing in church choirs.

Survivors include his loving wife of 54 years, Alyce; his four sons, Thayne Hopkin and wife Brenda of West Valley City, Utah, Kurt Hopkin and wife Karen of Cody, Byrne Hopkin and wife Cindy of Bountiful, Utah, H. Vince Hopkin and wife Linda of Cody; his daughter, Jocelyn Frame and husband Kim of Powell; 19 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He is also survived by his brother, Burchell Hopkin and wife Ruby of Powell; sisters Mary Simian, Fay Smith and Zona Roper, all of Powell; and sister-in-law Dorcas Hopkin of Lovell. His parents and brother Fredrick Hopkin preceded him in death.

Viewing will be prior to the services from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at the LDS Church. Burial will be at the Penrose Cemetery.