Arthur Blake Thomas, passed away March 8, 1991 of heart failure.
The son of Arthur and Maude Blake Thomas, he was born January 27, 1903. He married Helen Claire Horner in 1928. A graduate of East High School, where he was the editor of the Red and Black and member of the Varsity Football Team, and also a graduate of Stanford University, where he shared his studies in chemistry, journalism, and prelaw, with his love of football. He played tight end for Stanford, against Notre Dame and the famed Four Horsemen in the 1925 Rose Bowl Game. He attended law school at Georgetown University. Returning to Salt Lake, his family home, he followed his grandfather's and father's paths into the precious metals mining industry. He was pleased to return to the Salt Lake Stock Exchange, where he began as a runner for his father's brokerage firm in 1915. He managed an open pit gold mine on the Comstock Lode from 1934 to 1943. He developed the Blue Star Mine, near Carlin, Nevada from 1959 to 1966. His assocation of over 50 years with the Salt Lake Stock Exchange and mining caused him always to speak glowingly of many past friends, colleagues, and pioneers who founded mining empires in Utah and surrounding states. He generously gave of his time and experience to many in the mining world.He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Harriet Lawrence, and Helen Marie Thomas, granddaughter, Claire Lawrence, Salt Lake.
Graveside services will be held, 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 12, at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 1342 East 500 South. Funeral directors, Evans & Early Mortuary.
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