Guy Toombes Obituary (1950-2021) – Salt Lake City, UT


Guy Ralph Toombes III

August 13, 1950 ~ October 24, 2021

Guy spent October 24th peacefully with Yvette Toombes by his side and his immediate family who surrounded him the night and the days before. In 1998, Guy suffered traumatic brain injury in Massacre Rocks State Park, Idaho, after a climbing accident. Over time, his health deteriorated and, in addition to his degenerative brain disease, he had heart disease. Almost four years ago he moved to St. Joseph’s Villa for the care he needed. The staff at St. Joseph and those at Inspiration Home Health & Hospice deserve great credit for the care and comfort they provide.

Growing up in rural Holladay in the late 1960s was the best. Lots of open land in a small town, gave him everything a little boy could want. Skiing introduced Guy to the mountains and he wasted no time enjoying them. In high school, Guy discovered the backcountry with the help of a few classmates and the Wasatch Mountain Club. With the most experienced people, he pioneered tours at Wasatch that have become the standard and classic tours today. In high school, Guy fell in love with climbing. It became his calling, he never stopped. He made it his summer occupation for a decade, working with Jackson Hole Mountain Guides, and becoming an early owner. The job included teaching the daily school at the Teton Village Resort. Since the guides could use the tram, access to suitable locations for all climbing levels was much easier and more enjoyable. The guides also took qualified clients on permitted climbs in the Tetons and 5-8 day trips to the Wind River Mountain Range. Most of the guides lived in the woods above Teton Village thanks to a Forest Service permit. Their houses consisted of three small tent huts and a tipi. A small stream flowed nearby, which made for an idyllic setting. Guy’s climbing adventures have included hiking in Alaska, the Himalayas, the Sawtooths, southern Utah, Yosemite, and the Rockies. Some of these climbs were first accents. As the climbs increased, Guy continued to train. Wilfred Noyce, an English schoolmaster and accomplished mountaineer, once said: “We go out because it is in our nature to climb the mountains and sail the seas, fly to the planets and dive into the depths of the ocean. We broaden our horizons, we broaden our being, indulge in a domination of ourselves that gives a mainly illusory impression that we are masters of our world and are no longer human. ”

Guy was high school when the family moved to the city near the University of Utah, where his mother worked. He graduated from East High and attended Rowland Hall St. Marks from grades 7 through 9. Guy began college at the University of Utah in the fall of 1968, where he received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a minor in June 1974 in geology He was not yet ready to start working life as an engineer after completing his bachelor’s degree. Instead, he continued to work as a mountain guide, working to make Jackson Hole Mountain Guides a successful business. In the fall of 1980, Guy went back to school for a master’s degree in mechanical engineering. He finished his thesis in May 1982. Professor Stephen R. Swanson was Guy’s PhD supervisor for the development of a biaxial test method for composites. The board of trustees approved Guy’s dissertation in May 1984. Final reading approval was given by the University of Utah in January 1986. Published in Experimental Mechanics 25: 186-192 June 1985 by Guy R. Toombes (et al.) Biaxial testing of composite tubes. Guy as first author was one of his proud accomplishments. Guy was hired by Hercules Inc. in 1982 as a composite design engineer. One of his most rewarding projects has been the design, analysis and testing of composite hip replacements. This project earned Guy a patent.

Guy quickly rose to the position of Program Manager for High Tech Structures (HTS) in 1989. In 1994 he was promoted to manager of all programs at HTS direct feedback. The customers enjoyed working with Guy. His great sense of humor and storytelling skills about his mountain adventures made us want more.

Guy married Yvette Terry on October 5, 1985 at the Cathedral Church of St. Mark in Salt Lake City. They built their dream home 0.5 miles from the entrance of Millcreek Canyon. They spent their time building careers, skiing, backpacking, climbing, and biking. The legal marriage lasted 14 years. Guy’s love for Yvette was deep and deep. A year after his injury, he asked Yvette for a divorce. It says: “We have to get a divorce. Not to abolish ourselves, but to preserve love for one another. We do not do this with one another, but for one another.”

Guy leaves behind his mother Martha Ann Toombes, brother Gleed G. (Mary) Toombes and Yvette Toombes. Guy III preceded his father Guy Ralph Toombes Junior in death.

The funeral service will be held Tuesday, November 16 at 1:00 pm at the Cathedral Church of St. Mark, 231 E. 100 Sun., Salt Lake City. The Guy’s Life Celebration will be held Tuesday, November 16 at 3:00 p.m. at the Town Club, 1081 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City. COVID vaccination required in the Town Club.

Contributions on Guy’s behalf can be made to the Brain Injury Alliance of Utah 5280 Commerce Dr, Salt Lake City, UT 84107 or Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, UT 84741.

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Published by The Salt Lake Tribune November 5-9, 2021.


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