Theron Dee Gregg, age 77, of Salt Lake City died at home on November 28, 2019. He was born on March 5, 1942 to Theron Nelson Gregg and Margaret Rufi Gregg. He graduated from South High School where he met a tight group of friends that he remained close and loyal to his entire life. Long live the Flagel Boys! A member of the South High football team, he met and married a cheerleader named Sandra Heath. He joined the US Army, then was a member of the Army Reserve as an MP. He also had a brief stint in the Salt Lake Police Reserve while the attending the University of Utah. He worked at Alta Ski Resort for a few winters, and enjoyed his time off on the slopes and inside the lodge. He liked to deer and duck hunt. He possessed several and was an expert in firearms. He was a proud member of both Ducks Unlimited and the National Rifle Association. Soon after the birth of their son Joseph, Sandra and Theron divorced. After various jobs, relationships, and carousing, he landed a solid foreman job at Hardy Salt Plant. He then met and married Nina Blackley, who had four children, Greg, Kent, Perry, and Sherri McEwan from a previous marriage. Theron raised and supported them as his own. Nina and Theron bore a child together, daughter Christine Gregg. After losing his job at the salt plant, Theron turned to the old gang, the Flagel Boys, and soon was employed at Dewey’s Bail Bonds, where he worked for over twenty-five years helping “innocent” men “Get Loose.” He often turned bounty hunter when they got “too loose.” Theron could be tough and gentle. He was the life of the party, loved to laugh, and make others laugh also. He was a member of dozens of private clubs in the Salt Lake Valley including The Indigo, Cabana, Stanyan Street, and the Sabre, keeping them in business for years. He was affectionately known as “Fat City” to all who knew him because of his large personality and physique. His family lovingly knew him as “Daddy Bad.” He was an avid reader and classic film buff and knowledgeable on a wide variety of subjects. He could quote a passage from a novel, a line from a film, or a quip from world and American history faster than a Zippo firing up a Camel cigarette. Later in years, his routine and habits never changed except when he lost weight and switched from scotch and water to rum and Diet Coke. Theron remained a living legend until the very end and will never be forgotten.
He is survived by sons Joseph Gregg (Brooke) and Kent McEwan, daughter Christine Gregg, 9 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by 2 nephews, a niece and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Sharon Christensen, his wife Nina, sons Greg and Perry McEwan, and daughter, Sherri Defa.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Neil O’Donnell and Sons Mortuary, 372 East 100 South, Salt Lake City, Utah.