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Jeff Thalman, Popular Utah Golfer, Passes Away
The Utah Golf Association lost a good friend and a strong supporter at the recent passing of Jeff Thalman, one of Utah’s popular golfers. He was the son of Karl Thalman who served as President of the UGA and served on the Board of Directors for nine years.
Jeff was the owner of Recognition Source a company that provided the UGA with most of its trophies and awards during the 1990s, including the new trophy to begin the second century of the Utah State Amateur. He always gave the UGA priority service. He moved his company to Houston, Texas and continued to provide service to the UGA as if we were next door. He sold the business recently to other family members.
He was an avid golfer and loved being with his friends on the golf course. During his high school time at Timp View the school won three state championships and he went on to play college golf at the University of Utah. His last tournament event was the Riverside Mulligan where he partnered with his good friend Keith Sperry.
While he was a very competitive golfer he enjoyed the game more for the fellowship and fun, and wherever he went he brought fun.
The UGA expresses its sympathy to Karl and Carol and the family and appreciates their support of golf in Utah over many years.
The funeral was held Saturday to a standing room only crowd at the Berg Mortuary Chapel in Provo.
The obituary that appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune is reprinted below.
Jeffrey Karl Thalman, 45, passed away on December 31st 2012 at his home in Salt Lake City, Utah. Jeff left us too soon, and will be deeply missed by all who loved him. We will greatly miss his amazing ability to light up any room he was in.
Jeff was born on May 28th, 1967, and was raised in Provo, Utah, by his parents, Karl and Carol Thalman, with his older sister, Joan. Jeff was a dynamic young man, adored by his family, friends, and many in the Provo community.
He became an avid golfer at a young age, and quickly earned many accomplishments in the sport, including helping his team win three state championships at Provo’s Timpview High School. Jeff then received a golf scholarship from the University of Utah, where he later graduated with a degree in business.
He always taught others – yes, even in Provo – the importance of being a fan of the Utes. In the final months of his life, Jeff could be found at Rice Eccles stadium or the Huntsman center, cheering on his school’s teams.
Jeff was very successful in his business career, owning and operating The Recognition Source for many years.
He spent time living in both Texas and Florida, before returning to Utah. In recent years, Jeff traveled frequently between Salt Lake City and Provo, to spend time with his parents and to help care for them.
He had a great ability with landscaping, and took pride in keeping a pristine yard, and making sure that his parents’ yard always looked the same.
Jeff loved the outdoors. He loved soaking up the sun at the beach, playing sports, and fishing (often with his dad) at Strawberry Reservoir.
Jeff is survived by his parents, Karl and Carol Thalman of Provo, Utah; his sister, Joan (John Taylor) of Herriman, Utah; nephews Michael, Ryan, Travis, and Kyle; niece, Shannon; and many beloved friends and members of his extended family. He is preceded in death by his nephew, Brandon.