Thor Louis Black | Passages


Thor Louis Black was born on November 29, 1971, at Livingston Montana. He is the son of Gregory and Patricia Black.

Thor got his name from his great grandfather Thor Bergsing and from his other great grandfather Louis Donner Black.

Thor Black is a seventh-generation descendant of Captian George Donner of the Donner Party of Donner Pass.

Thor has always had a great love of the outdoors and all that’s going on. At the age of five, he started out the door and got his safety gear on and started riding as a passenger with his father on the hay swather, watching how everything worked.

His first job was riding his pony up Little Mountain to feed a lady’s goats. He and his brothers went two at a time every other day. They also had a flock of sheep. This is where his work ethic started.

At the age of 14, Thor became part owner of a bale wagon and at seventeen he ought his first tractor. The first thing he had to do was put in a new clutch and this started his mechanical training.

At Friday Harbor High School he greatly enjoyed football and being a hard hitter. He excelled in sports and forged a lifetime bond with friends.

He was part of the San Juan Rambler 4-H Club. After high school, Thor went to the Bellingham Vocational Technical School and studied diesel mechanics.

Thor was a man of many talents and achievements. Thor enjoyed being a farmer and rancher and spent a lot of time when young working with his parents and brothers Todd and Jason. On Red Mill Farm.

Thor was at ease herding cattle on horseback, plowing ground with a tractor, logging, building roads, excavation work, digging ponds, grain farming, stacking bales, feeding cows, fixing equipment, and raking hay, he has done it all and more. This life and all that goes with it was truly in his blood.

Thor also enjoyed making strawberry Rhubarb jam, hot green tomatoes, pickled asparagus and sharing them with friends.

Thor had a shared love of family farming and horses. He started his own family just across the San Juan Valley where his parents have now lived for 50 years.

Thor is survived by his parents Greg and Patti Black, brothers Todd (Janel) and Jason, his daughter Coral, son Rio, many uncles aunts nieces nephews, and special friends.

All our lives are better for being a part of Thor’s life.

A celebration of his life will be on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 2 p.m. at the home of Greg and Patti Black at 1251 Valley Farms Road Friday Harbor Washington.