Lael H Hoopes, 82, of Afton, passed away on October 19, 2019.
Lael was born March 5, 1937, in Fairview, WY to Vearl and Dona Hoopes. He lived in South Carolina for many years before returning to Star Valley two years ago. He was a graduate of the University of Wyoming and worked as a real estate appraiser before retiring in 2012. He was married to Bonnie Lee Baker Hoopes for 48 years until her passing in 2010 and to Norma Jean Boulware Hoopes from 2010-2017.
Lael was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in various callings over the years, including serving as a bishop, a branch president, and a member of the High Council in Columbia, SC. He and Norma served a mission to Portland, Oregon, and to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. He was the care center sacrament meeting coordinator for the Afton First Ward at the time of his passing.
He is survived by his daughter Natalie (Steve) Smith of Knoxville, Tennessee; son Lael (Michele) Hoopes II of Greenville, SC; grandchildren, Jordan Smith of Knoxville, TN; Nathan Smith of Brooklyn, NY; and Trey, Savannah and Taylor Hoopes of Greenville, SC; brother Gaylen (Geri) Hoopes of Afton, WY; sister Beth (Ralph) Burton of Saratoga Springs, UT; JoLene (Ron) Jones of West Jordan, UT; Jeryl (Jim) Lewis of Sweet Home, OR; Royce (Paula) Hoopes of Fairview, WY; VerDon (Debbie) Hoopes of Laramie, WY; and numerous extended family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie; his ex-wife, Norma; infant daughter, Kim; mother, Dona Harrison Hoopes; and father, Vearl Hoopes.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 10:00 am at the Afton Tabernacle, 347 Jefferson Street. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Internment will follow at the Fairview Cemetery. Funeral arrangements have been made by Schwab Mortuary, Afton, WY.
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