Thomas Samuel Aldridge Jr., 77, of Vernal passed away October 26th surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents Thomas Sherrill and Lavera Ovada Thompson Aldridge (Pop and Flugie) of Mooringsport, Louisiana; sister and brother in law Margaret and Sonnie Adair, niece and nephew John Ray and Linda. He also greatly mourned the loss of his only son, Bruce Aldridge, his grandson, Garrett Fullbright, and his trusty dog, Jake. Tom is survived by his daughter in law, Barbara Aldridge; daughters Lana (Randy) Fullbright and Johna Harrison (Annette Day); and many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and extended family and friends. Thomas was born August 3rd, 1938 in Louisiana. He moved to Utah as a boy and helped his parents with their restaurant, gas station and rock shop. He married Sandra Powell in 1957 and together they had three children; Bruce, Lana and Johna. Tom was well known and respected for his impeccable work ethic and provided well for his family, often working overtime to help his son, Bruce, attend the Utah School for the Deaf in Ogden. He retired from Exxon Corporation where he was recognized for his innovation and years of service. He continued to expand by using his keen mind and became an auctioneer, excellent mechanic, farmer and business owner. He was known to many as "Grouch" but through his tough exterior he loved to serve others by repairing their cars, motors, cleaning snow, and visiting friends in need. He was an A.A. sponsor who knew first hand and supported the underdog. Tom had a great sense of humor and always had a story or joke to tell. He loved to hunt, rock hound, garden, collect antiques, but his real love was fishing. He was at his very best while on the lake. He was a dedicated Mason and Past Master of Ashley Lodge #20. He earned the prestigious Hiram award in 1998 and was one of only nine nationwide to receive it that year. Special thanks goes out to the staff of Ashley Regional Medical Center, friends and family, some who have traveled far. Thank you all for you love and support. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Shriner's Hospital, The Huntsman Cancer Center or The Utah School for the Deaf. "When I have come to the end of my day and the sun has set for me, I want no rites in a gloom filled room, Why cry for a soul set free?" With Love, "Bye" Graveside services will be Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 11:00 am at the Vernal Memorial Park.