Lynn Talmage Gorringe passed away peacefully, September 14, 2022 in a hospital near where he lived in West Valley City. Talmage earned a Blue Ribbon for his sojourn on earth. He was courageous, valiant, determined, and heroic in the way he lived his life with a severe disability.\n\nTalmage was born on November 11, 1976 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Gary and Margene (Foster) Gorringe. He was born with a perfect body. He was a rambunctious child. He loved to go at least 90 miles an hour on his big-wheel down the street.\n\nChristmas break, after Talmage’s 5th birthday, Mom took all five kids to Sugar House Park to go sledding. Talmage, being the middle child, insisted on going down the hill by himself when he had gone with older siblings before. Mom and Alicia watched as Tal went head first on his toboggan into the pole of a handrail that sledders would hold onto going back up the hill. The left side of his skull was crushed. People of faith circled him and prayed for him and a priesthood blessing was administered to him at the park. The blessing said he would have enough blood in his body until the doctors could take care of him. He went by ambulance to Primary Children’s Hospital where he was administered to again. His blood supply was so low that he would have died except for an answer to the blessing from on high to keep Talmage alive. He was in the hospital for many months.\n\nWhen it was finally time for him to come home from the hospital, Talmage’s abilities were that of a newborn baby. He had to learn how to eat, talk, and walk with a lot of physical, occupational and speech therapies. Mom and Dad subscribed to the philosophy that if Talmage could do any particular task, then it would be good for him to do that.\n\nThat philosophy was a great blessing to Talmage. He could get himself up and down the stairs. With only one good arm and nearly immovable legs, he could get himself up and down the stairs. He could get himself dressed. It was nothing short of amazing to watch him get around in his wheelchair. He would zoom down the front porch steps in his wheelchair by himself! We never saw him crash, but it was enough to give anyone watching a heart attack.\n\nTalmage started his education in a school with children with disabilities. But as he entered junior high, Mom insisted that he be main-streamed. So off to classes with able bodied students he went with resource help. He learned a lot. That was a great blessing to him. He graduated from Bingham High School with his class in 1995.\n\nTal loved to be involved in activities. He studied karate for a few years and had a mean left arm. In Scouts, the cub master made sure Talmage was involved in everything that they did. His Eagle project was helping a school move supplies to another school during renovation. He helped put up flags on the healing field and received a plaque from Sandy City for that service. A highlight of Talmage’s life was writing poetry. He published two books and loved to share them with family and friends. He was an excellent card player. He loved “Hand and Foot”, “Scum”, and many other games. We were all impressed that he could manage so many cards with just one hand.\n\nTalmage served a one year proselyting mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Tempe, Arizona mission. He was a great blessing to all those around him in Arizona as was he everywhere he went. Shortly after that, he attended college at Salt Lake Community College for a short time.\n\nOften with a head injury a person might experience a personality change resulting in a lot of anger, but thankfully he almost always had a positive, happy disposition. Talmage was always very happy when working. He loved to have a place to go and people to see. He worked at Mulligans Golf, Deseret Industries, and ARUP. For the last 15 years, he worked at Walmart as a greeter near 5400 South and Redwood Road where other employees considered him a friend, and management always treated him very well. The medical benefits were incredibly helpful, and Walmart had so much patience with the many sick days he took off because of his health. Walmart was a great blessing to him right up to the end. It gave him a chance to cheer up those he greeted, the self-respect of earning his own living, and something meaningful to do with his days. We love Walmart! Thanks to all of you who helped him there for so many years.\n\nTalmage loved people. He often surprised family members who were with him when someone showed up who we didn’t know to take him somewhere or help him with something even though we were right there. People loved him and loved to serve him. Thousands of people were blessed with service opportunities, because Tal needed service.\n\nWe will miss Talmage, but what an exciting time for him, after 40 years of being trapped in that imperfect body, to finally be free. Heavenly Father took Dad home a little over three years ago in order to be there to receive Talmage at the end of his mortal life. As a family, it was a privilege to know, love, serve him.\n\nTalmage is survived by his mother, Margene (Foster) Gorringe, his siblings Alicia Brown (Mike), Glade Gorringe (Kari), Devin Gorringe (Ariane), Dusty Gorringe (Cami), who all reside in the Salt Lake Valley. Family preceding Talmage in death are his father, Gary Lynn Gorringe; his paternal grandparents, Edward William Gorringe, Alice Dahlberg Gorringe and Maureen Craven Gorringe; and his maternal grandparents Keith Downing Foster and Evelyn Beatty Foster.\n\nServices\nLDS church house at 1988 West 11400 South, South Jordan\n•\tViewing: Friday, September 23rd, 6-8pm\n•\tViewing: Saturday, September 24th, 10-10:45\n•\tFuneral: Saturday, September 24th 11am\nSouth Jordan Cemetery: 10630 South 1055 West, South Jordan.\n•\tInterment after the funeral\n\nWe are grateful to all those who have shown love and service to Talmage throughout his 45 years on earth.