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Obituary: Robert Fairy Thomas

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Robert Fairy Thomas, formerly of Salt Lake City, died at home in Nampa, Idaho, on January 24, 2001. He was born in Swan Lake, Idaho, on March 27, 1914. Dad was one of 13 children born to Samuel Fairy and Mary Stoddard Thomas.

His widow, Virginia Bartholomew Thomas of Nampa, Idaho; two brothers and three sisters; eight children; 16 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren survive him. His surviving brothers and sisters are Martin Duane Thomas, Bountiful; Adrian Thomas, American Fork; Emma Hamlin, Ogden; Gayle Bailey, Rupert, ID; and Agnes Dimas, Long Beach, CA. His surviving children are Renae Taylor, Vashon Island, WA; Robert F. Thomas Jr., Kathleen Knudsen, Richard Kim Thomas, Brete Thomas, Salt Lake City; John Craig Thomas and Steven Samuel Thomas, Boise, ID; and Afton Diane Thomas, Vancouver, WA.

He grew up with the strong work ethic of a Cache County farm boy. He attended schools in Richmond, Utah. He later worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Bingham Copper mine, the small arms plant, and for a period of time he took his family to Richland, Washington where he worked for General Electric at the Hanford nuclear site. Returning to Salt Lake City after World War II, "Bob" started his own businesses, first as refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic, then owner of Tom-Tom Electric. After retiring as an electrician, he managed and maintained residential properties owned by one of his sons. He enjoyed a variety of outdoor activities including hunting, fishing and mushroom hunting. He had a passion for learning, and in later years he planted a pretty good garden. Dad, we miss you.