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Hubert Thomas passed away on August 4, 2017. He was 79 years of age. Mr. Thomas died of a stroke and is survived by his wife of 21 years, Penni Thomas. They resided in Yuba City, California. He is also survived by 2 children, his son, Patrick Thomas and his daughter, Katie Harvey, both of Phoenix, AZ, grandsons; Rhett Black, Ryan Gerig and Sean Thomas, granddaughters; Lorna Allen and Laurie Thomas. Mr. Thomas was also blessed with 5 great-grandchildren; Jordan Isleta Allen, Wyatt Fenway Allen, Logan Thomas Allen, Hayla-Lynn Black and Anna-Lea Black.

Hugh is also survived by 3 stepchildren; Daniel Stauffer, April Mammola and Brandon Stauffer, 3 step-grandchildren; Cody Stauffer, Raini Drier and Kelsey Stauffer.

Hugh started work for the California Division of Highways in 1957, as an Engineering Aid. He retired as Chief of the Caltrans Claims Resolution Branch, Caltrans Headquarters, in October 1996. During his career, he worked in the areas of Construction, Project Development, Surveys, Hydrology and Hydraulics, and Value Engineering, in Caltrans Headquarters and various Caltrans Districts.

Hugh went to night school to earn a Bachelor of Science in Management Science, Operations Research, U.C. Los Angeles, 03/18/72. He continued his studies to obtain his Civil Engineer and Survey registrations.

Hugh developed substantial experience managing the development and construction of public works projects. He had extensive knowledge of construction specifications, contract requirements and construction operations. He acquired exceptional negotiating and communication skills. ~After his retirement in October 1996, he started serving on Dispute Resolution Boards. He served on approximately 200 DRBs throughout his career from October 1996 until August 2017.

Hugh was very effective on the DRBs due to his extensive knowledge of the Caltrans contracts, methods of construction, and ability to work with people.

He enjoyed traveling the world, embracing each new culture as a delightful gift. He found great pleasure in teaching and coaching to help others succeed in reaching their goals and dreams.

He took incredible joy with his many pets. You will be greatly missed by all who knew you and loved you. RIP, Hugh.
Published in Appeal Democrat on Sept. 7, 2017
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