Tharold “Terry” E. Green Jr, beloved husband, father, grandfather passed peacefully away at his home on July 24, 2021, at age 85.
Terry was born March 12, 1936, the oldest son of Tharold Erving Green and Vera June Erickson. Terry lived a happy childhood, often called by nicknames “Pinky” or “Tay”. He had a happy childhood and was blessed to have two little brothers, John and Tom, with who he made wonderful memories, along with their Fox Terrier Patty. He loved the outdoors, fishing and hunting with his family. He held various jobs: washing cars, cutting grass, bussing tables at the Hotel Utah, and construction at Solitude Resort. He briefly served in the Army Medical Corps. Terry was social, loved to dance, and had a love of music and singing. He sang in many choirs including the South High Acapella, U of U Men’s Chorus, The Missionaries, and many others.
Terry always loved and prioritized the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in his life. Growing up, he had wonderful experiences that shaped his testimony, including helping get his mom and grandmother baptized. He always knew serving a mission was the right thing to do and served in the West Central States from 1959-61 where his eyes were opened to the beauty of the Gospel.
Of all the loves in Terry’s life, none compared to the love he had for his sweetheart, Sharon Lee Pardini. They met when he was 17 and she was 13 and became good friends. He would occasionally line Sharon up with his friends - something he soon realized was a mistake. Their love grew as they dated before his mission and blossomed after his return. On August 30, 1965, they were married in the Salt Lake Temple.
Terry and Sharon knew they wanted children. They were blessed with 3 boys: Scott, Mike, and Nate. Terry loved his boys and loved to celebrate their birthdays, telling them stories, answering questions, and taking them camping and fishing.
Terry graduated with a Bachelors in Sociology and a Masters of Public Administration. He found a summer job at Utah State Parks doing planning. This turned into a 40-year career at the Utah State Department of Natural Resources where he was in charge of subdivision processing and long range planning.
Terry’s life is a loving tribute to the love of family and service in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He enjoyed being a temple worker in the Salt Lake Temple and serving a service mission for the Church. He served faithfully in Bishoprics and other capacities and was always eager to share his Testimony at church and at home. In his last hours, he gave thanks to his Heavenly Father for all those things he valued most - his family, The Savior, and the Gospel.
Terry is preceded in death by his mother and father, Vera June Erickson and Tharold Erving Green; stepfather Joseph Parker; brother John Green; father and mother in law Al Pardini and Connie Pardini and brother in law Alan Pardini.
Terry is survived by his sweet wife Sharon, three children Scott (Vianette), Mike (Shonell), and Nate (Cami), younger brother Tom, 5 grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren, and 5 step-great-grandchildren. We express our gratitude to the many caregivers from Encompass Home Health including the nurses Heidi and Char and many social workers and aides who provided such wonderful care for Terry.
A viewing will be held on July 30, 2021, from 10:00 to 11:45 am proceeded by the funeral at 12:00 pm at the Parleys 5th Ward building (2615 Stringham Ave, Salt Lake City, UT).
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Life Story Info
Sharon and family, I send my condolences to you in the passing of Terry. My wife Wendi and I lived in the 5th ward just down the street from you on Wyoming St. Although we haven't seen you since leaving the area we enjoyed our friendship with you. Terry was kind and helpful to me as I began my career. He provided me a reference as I applied for jobs and after college. I have always appreciated that. He was a great man and a fine example. May you and your family be comforted at this time!