In Memory

Evan O Thomas Jr - Class Of 1940

Evan O Thomas Jr

Evan O. Thomas II, formerly of Pasadena and San Marino, California, passed away peacefully early Sunday, December 6, 2009 in Seattle, Washington, following an extended illness.

Evan was born on September 11, 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Evan O. Thomas, Sr. and Marie Moore Thomas.  The family moved to California where Evan attended and graduated from Pomona College, while starring on the football team.  As a member of the "Greatest Generation," Evan went on to serve in the United States Army in World War II as First Lieutenant.  He was a paratrooper in Europe during the war and took part in the liberation of France, where he was awarded the Bronze Star.  He finished his service in the Army in Japan, during the occupation after the war.

Evan raised his children in San Marino and all attended schools locally.  He successfully operated several automotive-related businesses in the Pasadena area.  He had an uncanny memory and was never at a loss for words, and never met a stranger who didn't become a quick friend.  Retirement took him to Ensenada, Mexico.  There he enjoyed the fruits of his labors; boating and fishing, and happily watching sunsets for over fifteen years.  Advanced age and infirmities eventually required him to move to the Seattle area, with his children close by.

Evan is survived by his only sister, Marilyn Riddell; his children Ross Thomas, Chip Thomas, and Lynn Beasley.  Evan's six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren will dearly miss the patriarch of the family.  Evan, we will never forget you, your clever wit, and your love of life.