Alan Brent Thomas (April 29, 1950 - March 18, 2012)

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Mr. Alan Brent Thomas, age 61, passed away due to advanced cancer and heart failure in his Port Angeles home on March 18, 2012.

Alan was born April 29, 1950, in Moses Lake, Washington, to Edward Churchill and Laura Work Thomas.

He and his mother moved to El Paso, Texas, when Alan was in elementary school. There, he participated in tennis and swimming while attending Stephen Austin High School and graduated with honors as a National Merit Scholar finalist.

He attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, where he competed in tennis and swimming. He later transferred to the University of Texas at Dallas, where he received his bachelor's degree in applied mathematics and his master's degree in administrative science.

He was employed with Texas Instruments of Dallas as a maintenance programmer in financial systems from 1977 to 1983, Peer Services as the principle architect from 1983-1986, Tandem Computer/Compaq Computer/Hewlett-Packard Computer from 1986-2002 as a consulting analyst with international assignments and for XID Ltd. from 2002 until his passing in 2012.

He loved his career in technology; the international travel to Scotland, South Africa, Australia and Singapore; and the many talented and interesting people he was able to meet on these assignments.

Alan married his first wife, Wendy Elizabeth Dell, in 1970. They remained married for nine years and had one daughter, Heather Dawn Thomas.

In 1983, he married Judy Marie Lambert; their marriage lasted four years.

In 2002, he married Ann Brown, and the two remained married for 10 years through the remainder of his life.

Alan had a variety of interests. He was a member of the Port Angeles chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association, where he served as Young Eagles coordinator. He was also a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association as well as the U.S. Naval Institute.

Alan was also a voracious reader of fiction, non-fiction and technical books and owned an extensive collection of each. He especially enjoyed book readings sponsored by Port Book and News in Port Angeles.

Alan also had a special fondness for dogs and was an avid dog owner. His keeshond, Misty, had a special place in his life for 15 years. Happy, his rescued terrier mix, was a dear companion. He supported animal rescue operations in Texas and Washington throughout his life.

He began visiting his father in Port Angeles as a teenager and fell in love with the Olympic Peninsula. He often said Port Angeles was his favorite place on Earth. The city had everything: water, trees, mountains and great people. Alan retired from Hewlett-Packard in 2002, and he and Ann moved to the Joyce area.

Mr. Thomas is survived by his wife, Ann R. Thomas; and his stepson, Scott Brown, and his wife, Laura. Scott and Laura are Foreign Service officers, currently posted in Islamabad, Pakistan, with the U.S. Department of State.

Alan is also survived by his daughter, Heather Dawn Thomas, and her husband, Michael Lemke, of Flower Mound, Texas.

Service arrangements will be determined at a later time.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society or any pet rescue group, the (www.cancer.org) or the (www.americanheart.org).
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Mar. 25, 2012
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