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Retailing executive

Lorenzo Neville Hoopes, American former retailing executive. Recipient Jesse Knight Industrial Citizenship award Brigham Young University, 1974, also Presidential citation, 1990.


Hoopes, Lorenzo Neville was born on November 5, 1913 in Brigham City, Utah, United States. Son of Jesse W. and Matilda (Eastman) Hoopes.


Student, Weber College, 1933. Student, University Utah, 1935. Honorary Doctor of Laws, University Utah, 1975.

Graduate, Advanced Management Program, Harvard, 1952. Master of Business Administration, Pepperdine University, 1976. Doctor of Humanities (honorary), Oklahoma Christian College, 1977.


When he retired in 1979 he was the senior vice president at Safeway. returned to Safeway in 1955. was serving as bishop of the Oakland California Ward that included where the Oakland Temple now is when the ground was broken for the first LDS meetinghouse on that general site in about 1957. He served as president of the Oakland Temple from 1985 to 1990. ' wife, Stella Bobbies Sorenson , died on January 14, 1996.

Among ' children is David C. and Janet (deceased). was as of January 2010 the head of the Paramount Theatre Board in Oakland, California. The Paramount Theatre is a public institution with a board that appoints new members, with the consent of the city council and mayor, but in the past the decisions of the board have always been upheld. was also believed to be the person in Oakland who donated the largest amount of money to the Yes on Proposition 8 campaign, which has caused some to seek to oust from his unpaid volunteer position with the Paramount Theatre. He has been on the board for the theatre for nearly 30 years.


He had taken a leave of absence from Safeway back in 1953, during the administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, to serve as executive assistant to United States Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson. He later also served as president of the LDS Church's Oakland California Stake. Hoopes was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

Hoopes served as president of the England Bristol Mission of the LDS Church from 1979-1982.


Human beings can become like gods. However, this doesn't mean that human beings can grow to replace God. Nor do human beings become equal to God.

Humans can become one with God by becoming part of God - they remain separate beings, but take on the attributes of God.


President England Bristol Mission, 1979-1982, Oakland Board Education, 1959-1977, Oakland Temple, Latter Day Saints Church, 1983-1990. Chairman Foundation for American Agriculture, 1976-1979. Vice chairman Farm Foundation, 1976-1984.

Member national advisory council University Utah, since 1970, chairman, 1989-1991. Chairman national advisory council Graduate School Management, Brigham Young University, 1976-1979. President Coordinating Council for Higher Education, State California, 1973-1974.

Member National Dairy Council (chairman, secretary, director 1959-1979), United Dairy Industries Association (founding director 1970-1978). Lodge: Rotary.


Married Stella Bobbie Sorensen, April 9, 1938. Children: David Craig, Janet.

Jesse W. Hoopes

Matilda (Eastman) Hoopes

Stella Bobbie Sorensen

David Craig Hoopes

Janet Hoopes