Frank Evan Hoopes, DVMMay 29, 1927 ~ December 9, 2017 (age 90)
Frank Evan Hoopes, age 90, passed away December 9, 2017 in Afton, Wyoming.
Frank was born May 29, 1927 in Fairview, Wyoming to Riley W. Hoopes and Della Rigby Hoopes. He came from a large family of 8 siblings and spent a happy childhood on the family farm.
During high school, he met the love of his life, Madalyn McNeel. They were married in the Logan Temple on April 9th, 1946 and are the parents of 4 beloved children.
Frank served in the US Navy and was honorably discharged after his 2 year enlistment. Until 1959, Frank and Madalyn lived in Star Valley where he farmed, was on the rodeo circuit and artificially inseminated cows for local dairy farmers.
He later studied at the University of Wyoming and ultimately graduated from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
Frank soon took a position as part of a joint program between the University of Wyoming and US AID. This assignment sent the Hoopes family to Kabul, Afghanistan for five years where Frank was a professor of Veterinary Medicine at Kabul University. Frank loved both the opportunity and the adventure. His family traveled throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia and made many happy, lasting memories together.
Upon returning to the United States, the Hoopes family moved to Buffalo WY, where Frank was employed by the US Government. Several years after retirement Frank and Madalyn decided that it was time to move back home to Star Valley.
Frank had a keen mind and a very quick wit. He enjoyed reading and learning, counry music, and was a great collector of guns, clocks, and Persian rugs. He loved horses and shot prairie dogs by the thousands. However, his greatest treasures were his wife and family, including his grandchildren, siblings, nephews and nieces. He had many dear friends whose association he cherished.
As an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Frank has a deep and abiding faith in His Savior Jesus Christ. Both he and Madalyn were deeply pleased with the new Afton temple. There Frank was able to attend the temple on a regular basis and found great joy and peace in that service. He touched so many hearts and lives and will be terribly missed. We look to the blessed day when we will be reunited with him once again.
Frank is survived by his wife Madalyn, children: Connie (Terry), Ronald (Merlynn), Gene (Jennifer), Joe (Jodi), 18 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren and his dear sister, Lenore Clark.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 16 at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 165 EAST 5TH AVENUE, AFTON, Wyoming 83110. Viewings will be held Friday, December 15th, 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, December 16 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Both viewings will be held at the aforementioned chapel.
Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery with full military honors.