David W. Thorp

April 21, 1936 ‒ July 03, 2018

Granville, Ohio

David W. Thorp, age 82 of Granville and helper of all people, passed away Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 following a sudden illness.

Born in Columbus on April 21, 1936, he was a son of the late Frederick and Alice (Langlois) Thorp. While at Denison University he met and married his wife and companion Kathryn Conner. Together they not only shared their love for each other, but in life for 57 years.

After graduating from Denison University in 1963, he earned a master’s degree in Psychology at the University of Denver in 1965. While in Denver, he worked as a research specialist for the Fort Logan Mental Health Center.

As one filled with integrity and compassion, he spent his career extending a helping hand, enabling people to help themselves. He served as both Associate and Executive director for the Licking Economic Action Development Study (LEADS) from 1968 – 1989. David became the Executive Director of the Coshocton Behavioral Health Choices program in 1990, retiring in 2000.

He spent his retirement years exploring the mysteries of life.  Enjoying a passion for woodworking, he was a member of the Newark Woodworking Club and the Tuesday morning breakfast club in Granville. An exceptional man with a wonderful sense of humor, he will be remembered for his love of family, as well as his kind and generous ways and always putting others first.

He is survived by his son, Fred (Judy) Thorp; daughter, Treese (John) Farrell; grandsons, Harrison, Philip and David W. Thorp II; granddaughter, Jenn Appleman; great-grandchildren, Josh, Kaitlyn and Ashley Slone; sister Ruth Baker; nieces Muffy Baker, Jennie Hendriksen; nephew Jonathan Baker, and his feline companion Kteri.

David was also preceded in death by his beloved wife Kathryn in 2017 and his brother-in-law Julius Baker.

Services will be observed privately by his family. The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center of Delaware is assisting the family with arrangements.

Rather than contributions to his memory, please give your time and compassion to the people you encounter.

To share a fond memory of David or to express a condolence to his family, please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • I was fortunate to work with Dave at LEADS. He was extremely intelligent, thoughtful, had a good sense of humor, had a genuine interest in helping others, and was able to simplify situations that appeared to be complex. He was a GOOD man. My deepest sympathy to his family. He left the world a better place with his contributions. RIP.

  • I’m saddened by the passing of David Thorp. We both worked at LEADS for many years and Dave and I have stayed in touch since our time at LEADS.. He was a multi-talented, unique fellow and I will miss him. Jim and I want to extend our sympathy to his family and hope they know just how special he was to the many of us whose lives he touched. Thinking of all of you with love and prayers.
    Mary Nan Vogel