John Jay Thomas
Resident of Castro Valley
John Jay Thomas, 97, passed away peacefully March 2nd in Castro Valley, CA in the company of his family. John graduated from the University of Michigan and was a Lieutenant in the Navy during WW ll. He was the first Director and Principal Planner of the Alameda County Planning Department. John was predeceased by his wives, Evalyn Forshar Thomas, long-time CV School Board Member and teacher and Joan Seavey Thomas, former Dean of Students at Cal State East Bay. John is survived by his children: George Thomas of Palm Springs, Mary Thomas Weiss of Oakland and Suzanne Thomas Lawlor of Oakland, and by his sister, Ellen Reynnells, of Pontiac, MI. John hiked many major mountains around the world and read thousands of books. He was a unique man and will be missed by his family and friends.
Published in Inside Bay Area on Mar. 10, 2013