Thomas F. Jefferson
Thomas "Tom" Fredrick Jefferson (82) passed away quietly on July 23, 2014 in Escondido, California. He was born on November 12, 1931 in Salt Lake City, Utah to George and Grace Jefferson of Milford, Utah. After only five dates, he
and Dorothy Mathias of Cedar City, Utah eloped on June 5, 1954, and celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this June. Predeceased by his parents and brothers Elwood and Richard, Tom is survived by his wife, Dorothy, four daughters April Jefferson, Joyce Jefferson, Diane (Wes) Peters, Jorgina (Don) Hancock, five grandchildren, and one great grandchild.
Tom attended Milford High School, and then enlisted in the Air Force in 1949, serving as a meteorologist in Alaska during the Korean War
1953, Tom went to Branch Agriculture College in Cedar City, Utah on the GI Bill. He and Dorothy moved to Ely, Nevada in 1955, where Tom started work with Kennecott Copper as a mechanic on their immense trucks. He owned the Mobil Gas Station & Repair Garage in Ely from 1965 to 1970. Then worked at Napa Auto Parts for a few years, before opening a Napa franchise, J&H Auto Parts, in Elko, Nevada. In 1978 he sold his half of J&H and worked for various auto parts stores, for which his excellent memory and humor made him a favorite with customers.
All his life Tom was an avid outdoors man who loved nature. He and Dorothy spent much time in the wilderness hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, prospecting, and exploring. He was also very politically active, running for public office several times, beginning with a run for governor of Nevada in 1978 on the Independent American Party ticket. With a running mate named Benjamin Franklin "Bud" Pritchard and 3rd party status, it was a hard to be taken seriously. But Tom was always serious about the freedoms and inspired Constitution of America, a country he loved more than life.
In March of 2013, Tom and Dorothy left their beloved homestead on Last Chance Rd in Elko, NV, to join their third daughter, Diane, and her family in sunny Escondido, CA. Tom was ready for new adventures of sun and surf and year-round gardening. Even though he gave up tobacco 27 years ago, 42 years of smoking caught up with him. Otherwise he was in excellent health and not on any medications. He walked at a mile everyday and lifted weights to stay fit as long as he could. And he made friends and entertained people with his amazing stories of a life well-lived everywhere he went.