Bryon Keith Thomas
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SARASOTA, FL: Bryon Keith Thomas, 41, of Sarasota, FL (formerly of Lancaster, OH), died tragically and unexpectedly on Saturday, September 14, 2013. He moved to Florida to be the caregiver for his dad and best buddy, Steven R. Lynn, who passed away June 20, 2013. He remained in Sarasota to take care of his mother and to lead the family, a promise he made to his dad.
He graduated from Lancaster High School in 1990 before serving four years in the United States Marine Corps where he won multiple good conduct and combat recognition medals. He served in several duty stations around the United States and served tours in the Philippines, Malaysia, and Somalia.
He worked as a steel construction worker and welder by trade and was very well respected by those who worked beside him as well as those who worked for him when he began supervising jobs.
Bryon was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to hunt, fish, and just be outdoors. He mastered creating delicious meals from his fish, deer, and other game. He was happiest, however, when he was playing disc golf. He was a long-time member of the Flat Rocks Disc Golf Association enthusiastically supporting the sport. He not only played in local tournaments and supported his home course (Flat Rocks in Lancaster OH) but also played in and promoted regional tournaments throughout the East Coast. He looked for courses everywhere he went.
He is survived by a heart-broken, devastated, and long list of family members and loved ones: mother, Beverly Lynn; sister, Michelle (Chad) Nungester, brother, Mike Lynn, sister, Sasha (Jarod Caldwell) Tucker; special nephew, Tyler (Kalee Troup) Hollingshead; special niece, Arianna Collins; and uncles, David Tignor and Curt Bailey - all of Sarasota, FL. He is survived by his grandparents, Harold and Cleo Thomas; biological father, Harold (Butch) Thomas; sister, Stacey (Jimmy) Hudnall, brother, Tim Thomas, sisters, Heather, Holly, and Heidi Thomas, brother, Ronnie Thomas; and uncle, Paul Smathers - all of the Athens, OH area. He is survived by his grandmother, Doris Gaines; special nephew, Joshua Hollingshead; aunt, Barb (Jeff) Whittington, uncle, Mike (Tammy) Thomas, aunt, Louise (Jim) Callandra; special friend, Renae Thomas; and heart children, Jade and Corbin Messinger - all of the Lancaster, OH area. He is also survived by special niece, Stephany Hollingshead; uncle, Steven (Judy) Tignor, aunt, Betty (George Cissell), uncle, John Lynn; numerous other nieces, nephews, and cousins; and life-long friends, Shad Lynds, Tony Fowler, Mardee Stover, Donna Fallon, Chad Tucker and Staci Dunn. He is also survived by his beloved companion, Rocco.
Bryon is preceded in death by his dad, Steven R. Lynn, who left us only two and a half months ago. He is also preceded in death by his grandparents, Donald and Thelma Tignor; aunt, Diana Smathers; cousin, J.C. Daubenmire; best friend, Flint Carter; and close family friends, Mike Mayes, Jeff Tucker, and Lois Tucker.
A private family funeral was held on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, in Sarasota, FL. Bryon will be laid to rest with a gravesite service at Venice Memorial Gardens (Venice, FL) at 1:00 pm on Monday, October 7, 2013. Procession will start at Toale Brothers Funeral Home located at 40 N. Orange Avenue in Sarasota, FL at Noon. A celebration of life is being planned for Lancaster, OH.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bryon's honor to the Flat Rocks Disc Golf Course Association or the Lancaster (OH) Disc Golf Alliance.
Toale Brothers - Colonial Chapel
40 N. Orange ave
Sarasota, FL 34236
Published in the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette on Oct. 6, 2013