Aaron F. Thomas

Friday, June 7, 2024

November 10, 1946 – June 2, 2024

Mr. Aaron F. Thomas was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Walter Sr. and Madeline Thomas. Aaron was in the middle of seven children (2 sisters and 2 brothers). Aaron attended high school in Boston and dabbled in track (40 yard dash) as well as basketball.

After high school Aaron enlisted in the Air Force. He completed Basic Training in San Antonio, Texas. He specialized in Aircraft Mechanics. Aaron retired with the rank of Master Sergeant. Over the course of a 24 year career in the Air Force, Aaron served in Germany, Vietnam, Texas, Idaho (Mountain Home) and Japan.

Aaron was married to his first wife which he met in Germany for 15 years before she passe away. Aaron met his wife of the past 37 years, Debra (Dee), while stationed in Japan. Dee was also in the Air Force at the time. Aaron called Vegas “home”, but Dee helped him decide that Mountain Home might be a better place to raise their two girls at the time. They adopted 3 children and also raised 10+ foster children. Aaron went back to school after the service and earned an associate’s degree in Electronics. Aaron was also a member of the mason’s, Andrew Horton Military Lodge #8 under the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Nevada, he achieved his 33rd degree under Consistory #2.

Shortly before COVID-19 came along, Aaron became a Pastor. He and his Co-Pastor, Rev. Eddie Oliver, established Immanuel Temple (IS 7:14). They were later joined by Deacon Aaron Burton and Deaconess Priscilla Moore-Burton. Aaron was very engaged in religious practice and called himself a non-denominational Christian. Aaron attended the No Limits church in Mountain Home.

Aaron enjoyed fishing and Pinochle. Aaron loved dogs and had a Mini Schnauzer (Fiona). Aaron says that if he was famous for anything it is because “He’s really friendly”.

Aaron was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Sr. and Madeline Thomas, His brothers Walter Jr., and Marvin and His sister Lorene (Thomas) Miller. Aaron is survived by his wife Debra (Gadson) Thomas; Four children – Jonterri Gadson, Chela (Thomas) Gage, Clayton Thomas and Michael Thomas. He is also survived by his sister Karen (Thomas) Taylor and brother Edwin (BJ) Thomas. Aaron is further survived a host of foster children and beloved friends and family.

A Memorial Service will be held 10:30 AM Friday June 28, 2024 at Rost Funeral Home.

Aaron will be laid to rest at the Boston State Veterans Cemetery at a later date.