Tharin J Bigler was born December 24, 1928 in St Anthony, Idaho, and died June 25 2022 in Provo, Utah. He died peacefully at home, being cared for by loved ones. He was born to Mary Bigler. His patriarchal blessing stated that he was “born of two great families.”\nMuch of his childhood was spent in the high ranching country of Moody Creek, Idaho. He was nurtured at the side of his grandparents and he related stories of great love and support. As a young man, during the Great Depression, his summers were spent “hauling potatoes and bucking hay.”\n\nTharin graduated from Madison High School in Rexburg, where he played basketball and ran track. But his first love was football. Even in his later years, on a crisp October morning he would lick his fingers and say “can’t you feel the football in your hand?”\n\nIn pictures as a young man, it wasn’t hard to see that Tharin was usually the “best dressed,” a trait he took pride in, up to his last days.\n\nTharin attended Ricks College on a football scholarship. There he met the love of his life, Twila Shippen. As their relationship progressed, Twila told him plainly, that she couldn’t see herself marrying a man who wasn’t a returned missionary. Tharin then submitted his papers to serve a two year mission. When being set apart to serve in the South Africa, Johannesburg mission, the Prophet George A Smith, surprised Tharin by telling him that they were related. Tharin served faithfully, made many lifelong friends, and picked up a beautiful South African diamond on the way home. He and Twila married on June 13th 1952 in the Idaho Falls Temple for time and all eternity.\n\nAfter attending BYU, Tharin and Twila moved to Salt Lake City where he graduated law school at the University of Utah.\n\nMilitary obligations led Tharin to serve in the counter intelligence corps, with stations in Baltimore, and Dallas.\n\nTharin and Twila settled in northern Utah, where they raised their four children. Tharin was a faithful father and husband, and found time to serve in many callings in the church. \n\nHe never lost his passion for football, and coached little league championship teams for several years. Tharin was a lifelong fitness enthusiast, he loved running, and was a familiar face at many of the local gyms.\n\nTharin had a gift for teaching, and leadership. He loved serving for many years at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, inspiring and guiding young men and women as they entered the mission field.\n\nAfter their four children were raised, Tharin and Twila served a full time mission in the Washington DC area.\n\nTharin blessed the lives of his grandchildren, as he spent countless hours encouraging and counseling them. His deep love for the scriptures often led him to say, “the answer to your question can be found in Doctrine and Covenents” and then quoting chapter and verse. \n\nTharin was preceded in death by his wife, Twila.\n\nTharin is survived by his four children, Cherre Merrill, (Lance) Greg Bigler (Sally), Brad Bigler, (Diane), and Susan Young, (Steve). His legacy includes 19 grandchildren, and 29 great grandchildren.\n\nFuneral services will be held in Provo Utah at the Nelson Family Mortuary, Thursday, June 30th.