Thomas H. Lewis, 87, passed away Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, with his wife of 66 years by his side.
Tom was born Sept. 29, 1926, in Malad Idaho, the first son of Martha Lucinda Thomas and Thomas J. Lewis. He grew up in St. John, where he learned to farm and the value of hard work.
He graduated from Malad High School and Seminary, where he lettered in track and won many ribbons and medals. He placed in the top three in the state track meet.
Tom entered the Army, where he became a tech sergeant and was over the motor pool in Munich, Germany, during World War II.
He later returned to Idaho, where he was reunited with his sweetheart, Afton Marble. They were married Feb. 24, 1947, in the Logan Temple. They lived in Roy, Utah, where he worked at Hill Field. His love of farming took them back to Idaho, where he was a dry farmer, dairy farmer and businessman.
He could fix almost anything with baling wire and a pair of pliers. He was always willing to help anyone at any time. He worked for ATK Thiokol until he and Afton retired to Malad, Idaho, where he could be found doing beautiful woodwork and various other projects for his kids and others. He loved to fish and eat ice cream.
He served two missions with his wife, one to Chesterfield, Idaho, where he helped restore some of the old town, and one to the Logan Temple for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He is survived by his wife, Afton; and his greatest joy, his children, Jeannie (Lynn) Morgan, Julie (Gary) Flinders, Thomas (Maureen) Lewis, Janette (Jack) Young, Jill (Stan) Barnes, Timothy (Sarah) Lewis, Jackielyn (Dennis) Bierma, Jolyn (Mark) Nobles, Michael (Sherry) Lewis, Johnalee (Darrin) McDonald and Patrick (Kolett) Lewis; his sister, Elsie Sperry; brother, Gary Lewis; 63 grandchildren; 100 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Anona, Dorothy and Verna; and one brother, Boyd.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Malad LDS 1st Ward Chapel, 1250 N. 1100 West in Malad, Idaho. Friends may visit with the family from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Horsley Funeral Home, 132 W. 300 North in Malad, and again from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday prior to services, also at the funeral home. Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Horsley Funeral Home.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.horsleyfuneralhome.com.