Monte Tom Lorrigan is turning 80 on September 5, 2018.

He is the first of five born to Thomas Lance and Lois Lorrigan in Pinedale, Wyoming. He graduated from Pinedale High with many accomplishments including Gymnastics, Drum Major, and Band.

He married his forever sweetheart Elizabeth Ijams in 1958, in the LDS Arizona Temple (Mesa). Together they created and raised eight extraordinary children.

At Syracuse University between 1959 and 1960 he studied the Russian language, which he still uses today. In 1965, Monte earned a bachelors degree in aerospace mechanical engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and in 1971 a masters degree in astronautical engineering from the US Air Force Institute of Technology.

After serving in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years, including one tour of Vietnam, he retired as a decorated Major, and in 1979 took a job at Thiokol, and moved his family to Providence, Utah. He soon owned a t-shirt stating “I wasn’t born in Utah, but I got here as fast as I could”.

Monte has always had a great love for family, as well as church and community. He’s had many leadership roles in the Church, his career, and extracurricular activities. He held positions in the Providence North Stake High Council, and while there initiated and organized the Stake Road Shows. He was also one of the founding members of the Northern Utah Choral Society.

After retiring from Morton Thiokol, Monte and Liz bought a sweet property just north of Preston, Idaho, overlooking mountains and rivers. They made a happy home, a gathering place, for their ever growing family. It was during this time Monte and Liz continued their service to the LDS Church by serving in the Novosibirsk, Russia Mission. They lived in Irkutsk, at the south end of the magnificent Lake Baikal. It didn’t take long to develop a love for the people there.

They recently moved to Logan in order to be closer to their children. It also makes it possible for Monte to serve regularly again as an Ordinance Worker at the Logan Temple, which he does with great vigor and joy.

If you see Monte this week, please tell him he’s great and wish him a Happy Birthday.