Terry DeVon Thomas
February 17, 1939 ~ December 17, 2015
Viewings: Tuesday, Dec. 22nd from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City and at the Brigham City LDS 19th Ward Chapel, 105 Fishburn Drive from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday
Funeral services: Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Brigham City LDS 19th Ward Chapel, 105 Fishburn Drive
Interment: Brigham City Cemetery
BRIGHAM CITY – Terry DeVon Thomas, 76, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 17, 2015 at his home in Brigham City, Utah, even though he wasn’t sick and wouldn’t take the damn pills (as he kept telling us). He was born on February 17, 1939 in Pocatello, Idaho, a son of Martel Willard and Hazel Criddle Thomas. He grew up in Swan Lake, Idaho where his family owned the Thomas Merc store, he helped his parents run the family business in his youth and later when he could. He graduated from Marsh Valley High School in 1957. He attended Idaho State University where he played the trumpet in the marching band. He later gave his children horn concerts that were not entirely welcome. He always told us he played left out and end of the bench in various sporting events. Terry married twice. First to Betty Jo Brubaker in 1959 and they had five children, Terri Jo, Tammi, Sandi, Pam and Beau, she preceded him in death on 1974. Terry then married Martha Louise Whitworth in 1977, after knowing each other for only five weeks. Yes, she was nuts. Marty has been such a blessing to our family, a wonderful bonus mother, grandmother and especially a remarkable wife with great patience and unconditional love to Terry. Terry was a member of the LDS Church. He was also a member of the BPO Elks, The Eagles and Brigham City Archery Club, where, at one time he had served as the president. He was employed by Thiokol, Corp. in the mix, cast, research and development lab retiring after 42 years. Terry had many loves. His wives, his children, his grands and his greats. He loved dispensing advice, yard work, growing the biggest and best tomatoes, Lawrence Welk, Hee-Haw, hunting fishing and sports and was an avid Utah Jazz basketball fan. Terry loved to gamble, drink and chase girls until he caught his limit of two. He was passionate about woodworking and he acted as a general contractor for projects of everyone he knew (whether they wanted his help or not). Terry loved to clue you in to all he felt you needed to know and even that that you might not have known you wanted to know. But, his favorite pastime was watching his wife pole dance in their living room (it actually was a pole with a handle to help him get up). He was very patriotic and loved all kinds of music. Surviving are his wife, Martha; children, Terri Jo (Ron) Secrist, UT; Tamra (Leo) Frank, CT; Sandra (Joe) Oliva, CA; Beau (Sheree) Thomas, TX; Pam Balk, UT; 12 grandchildren, Shelby, Sage, Keegan (Misty), McKei (Aisha), Logan, Lyndee (Daniel), Marshall, Landon, Taylor, Jaden, Torri and Terra; four great grandchildren, Easton, Bristyn, Baylor, Bridger. His siblings, Jed Thomas, WA; Kim (Mary) Thomas, ID; Brad (Donna) Thomas, UT; Cheryl (Dave) Packard, ID; brother-in-law’s, Kay (Beth) Littlefield, NC; Charles (Susan) Whitworth, UT; Kevin Thackeray, UT; sister-in-law’s, JoAnne (Lane) Petersen, UT; Lois (Dale) Albrecht, UT. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Betty Jo, granddaughter, Kyler Ramsdell-Oliva, his ever so precious great granddaughters, Kenadee Oliva, Isabella Oliva, one sister Ann Littlefield and sister-in-law’s, Susan Thackeray, Sally Thomas and Raema Doran. We would like to thank our special angels for their love, concern and support, Dr. John Markenson and his wife Michelle, hospice caregivers; Wendy, Jennifer, Brenda, Hillary and the many friends, neighbors and family. Terry’s children wish a heartfelt thank you to our bonus mother, Marty, for loving our dad and being his very best friend for the past 38 years. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Brigham City LDS 19th Ward Chapel, 105 Fishburn Drive. Viewings will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 22nd from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City and at the church from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at the church. Interment will be in the Brigham City Cemetery.
Uncle Terry we will miss your stories which were endless. You would always start a sentence with have I ever told you... and it would roll from one story to the next with a lot of humor in between. I have such great memories visiting you and spending time with all the kids. I know you are enjoying seeing your girls in heaven and are at peace. Love you and will miss you.
Michelle, Gary, Regan and Dawson Tullberg
We were saddened to hear of Terry's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time. May you remember the good times.
Karen Criddle Myler
Sorry for your lose our thoughts and preys are with all the family. Terry will be missed but he has gone to a better place. God bless each and everyone of you at this time.
Reo J Criddle
May God's peace fill you at this time of sorrow. All my love to you all.
I'm so sorry for your loss. Knowing Terry, he would have loved this obituary, heartfelt and funny just like him. I worked in the labs with him for awhile at Thiokol and my dad, Jim, knew him well and always liked him. Terry was always fun to chat with. Ron, I had no idea you were related to Terry and Marty. You fit in well! Marty and I did the same job for different departments. My heart goes out to your family at this difficult time. He may have left tears on our cheeks for awhile but left smiles on everyone's faces forever.
Mary Ann Dietz