The best father in the world has departed this life for a grand celebration in the next with his eternal sweetheart and best friend of nearly 60 years Jean Penrose Thomas, his youngest son David Matthew Thomas, his grandson Peter Scott Stanley, 11 of his 12 siblings, his parents, and many friends and ancestors! He temporarily leaves behind his dear wife of nearly 4 years, Myrtice Ostler Jardine Thomas and her family; his little sister Gayle Bailey; his children - Shelley Ann and Melvin Richard Stanley, Jeffrey Duane and Wendy Newsome Thomas, Samuel Penrose and Linda Cortese Thomas, Misty Jeanne and Zan Wood Larsen; 16 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
Martin Duane Thomas was born July 31, 1925 in Richmond, Cache County, Utah, the 12th of 13 children of Mary Alice Stoddard and Samuel Fairy Thomas. He loved living in that beautiful rural community. He had fond memories of helping plant and hand water the evergreen trees that lined the lovely cemetery on the hill. He had a large group of friends who remained so all through life. He is the last of the group to move on.
As a marine, he served in the Pacific in World War II, then was an officer in the Air Force Reserves. He worked at Snelgrove’s while attending the University of Utah. After graduating, he went to work for Daynes Optical, running and then later owning Utah Optical Supply, a wholesale eyeglass manufacturing business. He made many peoples’ lives clearer through his work and his church service.
Martin loved helping others and worked with the Lion’s Club for several years, and in the LDS Church in many teaching capacities and as an Elder’s Quorum President, Stake Missionary, High Priest’s Group Leader, High Council member, Bishop and counselor, Stake Presidency Counselor, and Stake Patriarch in the Orchard Stake where he lived for over 55 years. He was privileged to meet so many wonderful people throughout his life and cherished all the people he served with and who received blessings through him. It was a sad time when he was forced to “retire” as Stake Patriarch because of a long recovery following heart surgery in 2010.
For the past few months he had been living at Avalon Care Center, in Bountiful until his passing on March 7. We’re very thankful for the wonderful care he received at Avalon and from Bristol Hospice.
We will honor Martin Duane Thomas with a viewing Monday, March 11, 2013, 6 to 8 p.m. at Russon Brothers Mortuary, 295 N. Main, Bountiful, and a funeral on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 in the Orchard Stake Center, 3599 S. Orchard Drive, Bountiful. There will also be a viewing prior to the funeral 9:45 to 10:45am. Interment will be in the Bountiful City Cemetery. Online guestbook at www.russonmortuary.com.