Tuesday, March 4, 2014/lk
Donald “Don” S. Thomas, 93, of Grandview passed away on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 in Sunnyside.
Don was born Oct. 30, 1920 in Dubois, Idaho, the son of David Smith and Clara J. (Owen) Thomas. He received his early education in Oregon and Washington. Don enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corp, serving as a staff sergeant during WWII. His tour of duty took him to France, Germany and England. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 21, 1945. After Don’s military duty, he married Daisy Mae Hendricks until the time of her passing in 1962.
In 1981 he married Ruth Layman–Smotherman until the time of her passing in 2006.
Don worked on the railroad and for the Hanford Project, and later pursued a career in farming for Wes Stillwell in Grandview for 20 years.
Since 1962, Grandview Senior Center became a large part of Don’s life. At the time of Don’s death he was still the active president, serving for 17 years.
He enjoyed fishing and was a number one pinochle player. While playing pool his nickname was “The King.” He also enjoyed watching the Mariners with Helen, watching and “armchair coaching” the Seahawks games with his nephew, Doug.
Don was a member of the Grandview Nazarene Church since 1971.
He is survived by numerous loving nieces, nephews, step children, step-grandchildren and special friend and companion, Helen Ripplinger of Grandview.
He was preceded in death by his parents, David Smith Thomas and Clara J. (Owen) Thomas; first wife, Daisy Mae Hendricks; second wife, Ruth Smotherman; three sisters and five brothers.
Viewing and visitation will be held Thursday, March 6, 2014, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Grandview. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 7, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Grandview, with burial and military honors to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside.
Those wishing to honor Don’s memory may contribute to the Grandview Senior Center Club.
Those wishing to sign Don’s online memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com.
Smith Funeral Homes Ltd. and Crematory in Grandview is in charge of arrangements.