Dawna Daines Thayne
Dawna Daines Thayne, passed away Wednesday, September 22, 2021, in Layton, Utah of a heart attack at the age of 86, surrounded by her husband, Lloyd Martin Thayne and her children. She passed through the veil and left this mortal life behind.
She was a devoted wife and mother , as well as an amazing sister, aunt, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Dawna was born in a log cabin, on February 14, 1935, in Whitney, Idaho her father always called her his “Little Valentine.”
She was the daughter of Rudgar Hatch Daines and Rebecca Woodward Rallison.
The family moved to Logan, Utah, where she grew up. She learned how to play the piano from her mother, and she expanded through other instructors. She never did think she was ever as good as her sister, Betty. She also learned to play the Cello. As her talent grew, she was fortunate to be able to play for her high school and the Utah State University orchestra, at the same time.
Dawna graduated from Logan High School in 1953 and she attended Utah State University, graduating with a degree in elementary education in 1957.
While in high school, she met Lloyd and after he served his church mission in England, they married and were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on October 12, 1956.
She started her teaching career at Adams Elementary in Logan, Utah. Lloyd graduated shortly afterwards and his business opportunities in IBM moved the family to Wappingers Falls, New York, Overland Park, Kansas, Cairo, Missouri, Saint Charles, Missouri and back to Utah. “Home” for them was always Utah.
She taught school in every place we lived and one of the many rewards she received was Teacher of the Year, in 1996, while teaching at East Layton Elementary School in Layton, Utah.
Dawna was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in numerous callings including Primary pianist, Relief Society President, and Young Women’s President, where she wrote and directed many of the roadshows.
She was active in her Daughters of the Utah Pioneer camp, as well as on the International Board of the ”DUP.” She wrote, published and her name can be found on many of the history’s that the camps used for their lessons. We also have her to thank for the many “DUP” memorials and markers placed around the United States.
With her husband, they were called to serve temple missions in London, England, Washington D.C. and Ogden, Utah.
She has many hobbies, from sewing, quilting and knitting and she tried to pass these skills to her daughters. She knitted over 150 Christmas stockings for her family and friends.
She has the love of traveling especially when it came to historical landmarks. Along with searching and finding family histories.
She also loved shopping. She could find a bargain, anywhere. One of her favorite things to do was to go to antique stores, the Deseret Industries and yard sales with her daughters. She could sniff out the bargains.
She was always interested in the activities of her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She leaves behind her husband of 65 years Lloyd Martin Thayne, and their five children, Kathryn Young (Thomas), Michael Lloyd Thayne (Julia), Rebecca Ann Barker (Steve), Kristine Smith (Gordon), Richard Hatch Thayne (Jamie), 24 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and sister Nancy Ruth Daines.
She was preceded in death by Rudgar Hatch Daines and Rebecca Daines (Parents), Betty Jane Phillips (Sister), David Levi Phillips (brother-in-law) and Melanie Thayne (daughter-in-law). Along with Stephen John Martin (son-in-law) and Amy Kathryn Martin (granddaughter).
Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 2, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at the Kays Creek Stake Center, 2680 E. Cherry Lane, Layton, Utah.( Do not take Hwy 89) Friends may visit with family Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary, 1867 No. Fairfield Rd., Layton, Utah and Saturday from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. at the church.
Interment, Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
Flowers are welcome, however if you’d like to donate to your favorite charity in her name please do so.
Services will be live-streamed and may be viewed at https://youtu.be/AK3dAACauC4.