In Memory

Kim Thomas

Richard Kim Thomas    1947 ~ 2008


Richard Kim Thomas, 60, died at his home on Sat., April 12, 2008.Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Oct. 22, 1947, to Robert F. and Virginia B. Thomas and being sixth in a family of seven children was only the beginning of Kim's life of adventure. His curiosity and passion took him "always down the road to see what was at the end."


After graduating from Highland High School he joined the United States Army serving with the 1st Air Cavalry during the Vietnam conflict. There as a crypto-technician, he was often first in a battle area to set up communications equipment. Later he served as a communications/code technician at the American Embassy in Tehran, Iran.


After his military service Kim graduated from Westminster College, summa cum laude.


On July 1, 1970, he married Suzette Coleman. During their marriage they traveled extensively through Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia. His ability to understand and be understood by people of many cultures was exceptional. He fit in wherever he went. Later he and Suzette divorced but have remained true friends.


After many professional achievements in the electronics field, including designing the Murray City water system, Kim became a gifted entrepreneur in the community.


Survivors include his beloved companion of 17 years, Dixie Andersen; her children, Ryan Lewis (Lanae), Bobbi Lewis, and Dixie's three grandchildren. His favorite title was "Grandpa Kimmy." His family enriched his life more than can be told. When Dixie expressed admiration for his abilities and accomplishments recently, he answered simply, "I am not afraid to fail." This example of courage is a legacy for all of us.


Kim has seven siblings, Renae Taylor (Frank), Robert F. Thomas, Jr.


(Sarah), John Craig Thomas


(Kathryn), Steven Samuel Thomas, Kathleen Knudsen (Carl deceased), Afton Diane Acup (Howard), Brete Thomas, and 16 nieces and nephews.


With his brother Robert, he hiked the desert in Southern Utah; climbing, rapelling, and relishing the spirit of that land. He piloted his own airplane and made three emergency landings without major injury. He loved taking motorcycling road trips on his Harley with his friends. He also loved motorcycling anywhere with his beloved Dixie and their dog, Schatza. Another passion was cooking and anyone who showed up at the house got fed. His generosity to those in need was remarkable.


Known for a gruff exterior and an extremely tender heart, Kim will be deeply missed by his family and a long list of friends.


Bless you, Kim, as you continue down the road and see what is at the end.


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09/22/15 03:39 PM #1    

Marsha Draper (Fryer)

I have great memories of Kim from 7th grade through graduation.  He had a way of making all of us laugh.  Always a funny guy!  I ran into him a few years before he passed away in the Federal Building in Ogden Utah, of all places.  He was up there on business, and it's the building I worked in for many years.  We had a great visit.  I was very pleased he recognized me and said my name when I got on the same elevator he was really took me back.  Anyhow, I was very sad to see my friend, Kim, leave us so young...

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