Lorenzo “Ren” Neville Hoopes, 98 – member of the Oakland school board for 17 years, Safeway executive and Mormon bishop – died on Sept. 21.
An active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served as bishop, stake president, England Bristol mission president and Oakland Temple president and sealer.
He began his career with Safeway in 1941 and was appointed executive assistant to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson in 1953.
Hoopes returned to Safeway in 1955 and became manager of the dairy and egg division. He was elected vice president and manager of supply operations in 1963, and elected senior vice president and director of Safeway in 1972. He retired in 1979.
Among his civic commitments, he served as a member of the Oakland Board of Education, SF Bay Area Council Boy Scouts of America and was in Rotary since 1941.
Hoopes was born in Brigham City, UT, Nov. 5, 1913, to Jesse Warner and Matilda (May) Eastman Hoopes. He married Stella Bobbie Sorens, in 1938 in Los Angeles. The couple had two children, David Craig Hoopes and Janet Hoopes Washburn, seven grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
He attended Weber College and the University of Utah, graduated from Harvard’s AMP Program and received an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.
He served on many boards of directors, including Belkorp Industries Inc. in Vancouver, BC; Paramount Theatre; Foundation for American Agriculture; California Coordinating Council for Higher Education; and the National Dairy Council.
Services are scheduled for 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 29 at Oakland Interstake Center Auditorium, 4780 Lincoln Ave. in Oakland.
Condolences may be expressed at www.facebook.com/lorenzo.hoopes. or www.oakparkhillschapel.com. In lieu of flowers, donations are welcome to the LDS Church’s Perpetual Education Fund (PEF): www.pef.lds.org .