Byron Lee Thomas died Friday, April 26, 1991 in West Jordan, Utah of a cardiac arrest.

He was born May 8, 1926 in Oakland, California to Lloyd L. and Mary Alice McKee Thomas. He attended school in California, and served honorably in the United States Army from September, 1944 to the end of World War II. He served in the Asiatic Pacific Campaign. He married Margie Palmer November 28, 1948 in Evanston, Wyoming; marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple February 26, 1962.Lee was a builder by trade having apprenticed under his uncle, William Thomas in California. In 1971 he was employed by the Jordan School District and coordinated the Carpenters Maintenance Dept. until his retirement in June, 1986. He enjoyed his friends while there. He found a lot of pleasure in his farm work and animals. He loved to fish, hunt and camp. His family was his life, his grandchildren, his joy. He was a high priest and active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as president of the Elders Quorum, 70's quorum and Sunday School; served as a Scout leader, a stake missionary, and in other callings. His courage during a lengthy illness was recognized by his many family and friends.

His family wishes to express their gratitude to Drs. Bard Madsen, and Gary Symkovich, and staff, at the Heart Institute in Murray, Utah, for their years of kind care. Also to the paramedics ER and ICU Drs. and nurses at the Holy Cross Jordan Valley Hospital in West Jordan. A special thanks for their warmth and expertise in caring for Lee these past days.

Survivors are his wife, Margie; daughter, Lora Lee Kilpatrick and husband Joey of Holladay; three sons, Ronald Glen and wife Shelly of West Jordan; Lynn L. and wife Cheryl of Riverton; Brett D., Las Vegas, Nevada; three brothers, Dean, Heber City, Utah; Ron, and Vern (Bud), both South Jordan; nine grandchildren, Wood E., Carrie, Ronnie Diane, Alyson, William, Melissa, Tanya, Amber, and Cody; two aunts and one uncle, Mrs. Ivan (Ella) Batty, Vernal, Utah; William and Helen Thomas, Campbell, Calif.; many cousins, nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 30, 1991, 1 p.m., South Jordan 5th Ward, 11250 South 2700 West. Friends may call at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 South State, Monday, 6-8 p.m. and Tuesday at the church, 11:30-12:45 p.m. Interment, South Jordan City Cemetery, 10th West 10600 South.

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