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LCDR Francis John Thomason USNR (RET)

1923 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
LCDR Francis John Thomason USNR (RET) Obituary
LCDR Francis John Thomason, USNR (RET)

Memphis, TN

Lieutenant Commander Francis John Thomason, US Naval Reserve (Retired), passed peacefully into the arms of our Lord, and those of his loving wife of 71 years, on March 12, 2017 with their children by his side.

Born on June 9, 1923, on the windy and dusty plains of eastern Colorado near the town of Stratton, Francis was the middle of five sons born to Pansy Hall Thomason and John F. Thomason. The family forged a life on the plains with a strong value of togetherness and fun - his mother could hold her own in a family baseball game. Brothers Harold, Galen, and Melvin preceded Francis in joining the family team; Francis is survived by his younger brother Gerald.

During World War II, Francis enlisted in the United States Navy, becoming an Electrician's Mate on the USS Baltimore. He served proudly during wartime and post-war operations in the South Pacific. While on a brief shore leave, Francis married his love, Laura Ruth Greenwood. Returning to Stratton, CO, after the war, Francis remained in Reserve duty, eventually earning the rank of Lt. Commander. It was in Stratton, shortly after the war and teaching in the school system, that Francis was encouraged by his former high school coach to attend the University of Colorado under the GI Bill. He majored in business, eventually earning his CPA and a partnership with Haskins and Sells (now Deloitte). His management consulting and computer skills took him and his family to many places: Richland (WA), Los Angeles, back to Boulder, San Francisco, McLean (VA), and Jeddah (Saudi Arabia). Wherever he was with his family and friends, he was happy. Finding strength in his happiness and playfulness are his children Janet Lynn Thomason Boller (Carl), Carol Lee Thomason Nordtvedt, Donald Brent Thomason (Laura), and Karla Jean Thomason Gunnoe. He and his wife Laura leave a legacy of 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The family is thankful for the staff of the Village at Germantown, his caregivers Barbara, Evelyn, and Fronia, and to everyone for their concern during his times of need. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made by donation to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Pantry or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). A Memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 11 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Apr. 9, 2017
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