Idaho State Journal, 11/14/12
MALAD — Fredrick Dennis Thomas, 65, of Malad, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, November 12, 2012. Dennis was born on October 7, 1947, in Willits, California, to Stanley and Erma Thomas. He was raised and educated in Malad and was a graduate of Malad High School class of 1965. He later spent time attending college at Brigham Young University and Utah State University.
He was married to Brenda Gleed Thomas of Malad on September 6, 1968. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served his county from 1968-1970, in the Vietnam War. He then returned home to Malad to work alongside his father at the family grocery store, Stans IGA.
In 1973, he moved to Montpelier, Idaho, to open his own grocery store. He returned home to Malad to help operate Stans IGA when his father became ill in 1976. He took over ownership of the family grocery store in 1977, after his father’s passing. He continued to operate the family grocery store, which became Thomas Food Town, through 1999. In May of 1999, He and his son, Jerry, opened Thomas Market. They worked together and operated Thomas Market from 1999 to 2009. In 2009, Jerry took over ownership and allowed Dennis to retire from his major responsibilities at the store. Despite retirement, Dennis could often be found at the grocery store.
Dennis was a very active member of the Malad community including 24 years of service with the Malad Volunteer Fire Department and was honored as the grand marshal, with his wife, Brenda, in the 2010 Malad Fourth of July parade.
He loved working at the store, hunting, fishing, bowling, vacationing, spending time with family and making people happy. He could always bring a smile to anyone’s face and was a friend to all he met. Dennis will be missed by all those who knew him.
Dennis is survived by his wife, Brenda; two children, Jerry (Heather) Thomas of Malad, Blake (Darla) Thomas of South Jordan, Utah; and seven grandchildren; three brothers, David (Rochelle) Thomas, Tim (Gretchen) Thomas, Ned (Cherlynn) Thomas; and three sisters, Nancy (Lynn) Nalder, Ann (Jon) Ward, Connie (Doug) Albrectsen; mother-inlaw, Norma Oyler; and brother-in-law , Dennis (Marilyn) Gleed. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Marvin Thomas, and brotherin-law, Lynn Nalder.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 16, 2012, at noon in the Malad LDS Stake Chapel, 1100 West 1250 N. Friends may visit with the Thomas family on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church and on Friday at the church prior to services from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Horsley Funeral Home, Malad (766-4330). You are invited to send condolences to the family by visiting www.horsleyfuner
Ted and Phyllis opened the Pocatello Dive Shop in 1968. Ted taught hundreds of students at Idaho State University. He was involved in numerous underwater construction projects, including the American Falls Dam. Ted was also able to travel and dive in many sites in the Pacific and Caribbean. He was the founder of the Idaho Spud Lungs Scuba Club. He was a lifelong member of the Central Christian Church.
Survivors include a son, Larry Terus (Cheri Lynn) Dekker, Jerome, Idaho; three daughters, Virginia Ann (Phillip) Hacking, Caldwell, Idaho, Amy Sue (Russell) Sidell, Aberdeen, Idaho, Judy Marie (Danny) Hanks, Nampa, Idaho; a sister, Doris Worth, Kingman, Arizona; a brother, Tom Dekker, Yakima, Washington; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis, parents and brother, Earl.
Funeral services will be held Friday, November 16, 2012, at 1 p.m. at the Central Christian Church (918 E. Center,) with the Rev. Roger Bray officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the church. Interment will be in the Restlawn Memorial Gardens cemetery, with military rites provided by the Pocatello Veterans Honor Guard.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Manning-Wheatley Funeral Chapel, 510 N. 12th Ave. Online condolences may be sent to the Dekker family at www.manningwheatleyfu