Joe Tonge, our beloved father, son, brother, uncle and friend returned to his Father in Heaven October 11, 2008. Joe was born to L. Glen and Betty Jo Christensen Tonge January 5, 1957. He married Carol Dee LaRue February 14, 1986, later divorced but remained best friends. Their children are Shareen Marie and Nicholas Joseph. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Joe was a very hard worker, meticulous to every detail. He had many occupations starting as a salesman selling “Tasty Donuts,” working on a dairy farm, gas station attendant, chef at several restaurants, carpet and floor installer, master computer network specialist, and insurance salesman. Joe attended schools in Davis County, Westminster College, Mountain West College and the University of Utah.
Joe lived on the edge! He was a hot dog skier, mountain biker, mountain climber and marathon runner – he loved challenging his nephews who couldn’t keep up with him. Joe loved roller blading with his son Nick, playing guitar with his daughter Shar and going to Utah football games with his father. Joe was always there for his family. He was a competitor and he liked to make everyone laugh.
Survived by daughter Shareen, son Nick, former wife Carol, parents, sisters Julie (Ray) Hilton, Marjorie (Dan) MacDonald, Matt (Cathy) Tonge, 13 nieces and nephews and 10 great nieces and nephews and friend Becky Pierce.
Funeral services will be held Thursday October 16, 2008 at 12 p.m. at McKay Ward (1623 South 500 East, Salt Lake City). A viewing will be held 6-8 p.m. Wednesday October 15, 2008, at Russon Brothers Mortuary 255 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, and Thursday prior to the service 10:45-11:45. Interment at Bountiful City Cemetery. Online guestbook available at www.russonmortuary.com
A fund has been established for his children at Wells Fargo Banks in the name of “Joe Tonge Memorial Fund.”