Warren Eaton Thomas, 86, died Jan. 3, 2003. He was born to Minnie Alice Manette and Benjamin Ward Thomas on Nov. 22, 1917 in Waltham, Mass..
He was the middle child, with two sisters.
At the age of 10, Mr. Thomas went to work with his father painting and decorating.
At a young age, he enlisted in the service and was a member of the 211th Coast Artillery Anti-aircraft Automated Weapons Unit, Battery F. He remained in contact with his 211th buddies his entire life.
While stationed at Hamilton Field, just north of San Francisco, Mr. Thomas met and married Ruth Kathleen O'Shea. They were married March 19, 1943. They settled in Modesto, Calif. after Mr. Thomas left the service and later moved to Scottsdale.
The couple left Scottsdale in 1967 and moved to Payson, where Mr. Thomas opened his own business. He later became an employee of the old Frontier Market, being their produce manager. He retired in 1978.
Mr. Thomas was a master woodworker, and his grandchildren have many toys made by his skillful hands.
He also dabbled in oil painting and there wasn't anything he could not fix or make better.
He put his talents to work at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, where he was the junior warden for many years, and where he and Ruth ran the St. Paul's Food Bank for Payson for 10 years.
In 1996, Mr. Thomas was named Man of the Year by the Payson Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Thomas is survived his wife, Ruth; two daughters, Terry Anne Sayre of Tulare, Calif. and Patricia Lynn Faiveley of Scottsdale; sister Dorothy Doucette of Newton, Mass.; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and seven nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Payson.
Donations can be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church.