Obituary: Bill Thomas
August 5, 2003
Local contractor, trap shooter and chef extraordinaire Bill Thomas passed away July 30. He was 73.
Born May 1, 1931, Bill graduated from Stockton College in February 1950 and had been accepted at Stanford University on a football scholarship when he was called to serve his country – in the Coast Guard San Francisco – during the Korean War.
On Aug. 3, 1951, Bill married Patsy Armistead, also a graduate of Stockton College and a first-year student at UOP-Stockton.
From that moment on they were inseparable-“joined at the hip.” After being discharged from the service, Bill and Patsy returned to Stockton where Bill started his construction business, “Bill Thomas General Contractor.”
During the next 30 years, Bill, with Patsy at his side as CEO, built approximately 4,000 homes in the San Jose area.
In 1952, Bill and Patsy welcomed their first son, Mark, into the world and in 1959 they welcomed their second son, Jeff. Mark is married to Shelly and they have two sons, Shane and Chase. Jeff, who pre-deceased his father in 1995, has two sons, Trevor and Nicholas, and one daughter, Morgan.
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In 1981, Bill and Patsy moved to Truckee where they continued their successful construction business and fulfilled a number of their dreams.
Bill and Patsy enjoyed many outdoor sports: golf, water and snow skiing and they traveled and pursued their passions in The United States and internationally. Both were outstanding trap and skeet shooters as well as duck and game hunters. The Thomas’s have been longtime members of a number of elite shooting/social groups, i.e. The California Indians, The Shoshones, The Pacifics, and The Hiyus. Bill was also a lifetime member of the Livermore Gun Club.
Bill loved to cook and did so with zest and zeal every day. (Conveniently, Patsy never learned to boil water). Bill was particularly known for “cookouts” at many “Indian” events with trapshooting chefs, Roy “The Gentle Giant” Banducci, “The Coachman,” Alan McClure and Bob “Mr. Good Hands” Wilson.
Bill and Patsy would have celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary on Aug, 3.
Bill wants to thank “one hell of a guy” Bill Littlehales and his wife, Jeep Jacobs, for their love, honesty, loyalty and for watching over Patsy. The Thomas’s thank all their wonderful friends and family with whom they have shared so much.
To one and all, take heart – Bill, Jeff and “Deacon” have set the duck decoys, are sitting in heaven’s “blind,” have their “limits” and are awaiting family and friends to join them.
At the request of Bill, there will be no service.
Remembrances may be mailed or faxed to: Thomas, P.O. Box 2295, Truckee, CA 96160, Fax 587-0546.
Please, no telephone calls for an appropriate amount of time.
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