J. Alan Thomas
- December 12, 1921 - July 19, 2010
- Provo, Utah
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J. Alan Thomas passed away at his home in Rexburg, Idaho on July 19, 2010. He was born in Spanish Fork, Utah and raised on his parent's dairy farm there. He lived through the years of the depression where he learned to make do with what he had.
He attended Utah State University as Union-Pacific Scholar, after earning the State and American Farmer degree from Future Farmers of America. He also attended Colorado State University, graduating with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and practicing for more than 40 years. During WWII he served in the Army Enlisted Reserve Corps receiving an honorable discharge.
He married the love of his life, Reva Pearl Fielding on 15 March 1943 in the Salt Lake Temple for Time and all Eternity. They celebrated 58 years together before she passed away in 2001.
Alan was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in many callings: in the YMMIA, as a Home Teacher, as Scout Master, as Ward and Finance Clerk, as a Counselor in three Bishoprics, as Bishop of Park Ward, and as President of the Provo Utah Central Stake. He also served as an ordinance worker in the Provo Temple and in the MTC as a Service Missionary. Reva and Alan served a mission in 1992-93 to the New York Rochester Mission. Alan's most loved calling has been as a Sealer, serving in the Provo, Idaho Falls and Rexburg Temples.
Alan enjoyed hunting, camping, BYU Sports, reading Louis L'Amour books, reading his scriptures, good food, listening to good music, and especially any kind of "goodies". He was very independent and enjoyed his family. He had a cute sense of humor and was always joking and teasing right to the very end. He especially loved serving in the temple as it gave him a purpose and great company in his last years.
He is survived by his sons Richard A. Thomas of Clearfield, Utah; Michael J. Thomas of N. Las Vegas, Nevada; Timothy S. Thomas of Denver, Colorado; a foster son Harrison P. (Linda) Bitsue of Window Rock, Arizona; his daughter Renee (Randy) Parkinson of Rexburg, Idaho; Daughter-in-law Yvette Thomas of Vernal Utah; ten Grandchildren, eight Great-grandchildren two Great-great-grandchildren; and his brother J. William (Carli) Thomas of East Lansing, Michigan. He was preceded in death by his Parents John B. and Kate Annie Thomas; his wife Reva F. Thomas; a son Steven C. Thomas; two Grandchildren and one Great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. July 26, 2010 at the North Park First Ward Chapel, 101 W. 800 N., Provo. Family and friends may call on Sunday the 25th from 6-8 p.m. at Berg Mortuary of Provo, 185 E. Center St., or at the chapel one hour prior to services. Interment will be in the Spanish Fork City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family through www.bergmortuary.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.