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David Lewis Thom

Posted 2020-10-09 by Pat R
Wickenburg Sun (Wickenburg, Arizona)
Wednesday, July 15, 2020, p. A-7

To pen an obituary for one of the finest men of all time is not an easy task; especially, as messages pour in about our father. Dave, as most knew him , was an amazing father, exceptional sibling, and a great friend to many. Everyone knew that with just a phone call, he would be there for them without hesitation.

Throughout his life he was there to serve and protect. Originally answering a call to priesthood he attended Maryknoll College in Illinois, yet had the greatest interruption when he met our beautiful mother, Catherine.

He touched many people in so many ways throughout his life and careers. He was a police officer, a special agent with the FBI, a VP of security for a few large banks, and then returned to his religious calling when he worked with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix. He was later ordained a deacon and even helped do a mass with Pope John II before eventually being ordained an Episcopal priest. He also served as a chaplain for the FBI. He spread the word of the Lord, married friends, family, provided guidance and counseling, baptized, and gave last rights. He loved to serve, celebrate and console. He never hesitated to help anyone in need. Whenever faced with a request for help, without pause, he would say; "I'm on my way".

Later in life, being true to his heart's calling he learned to drive an 18-wheeler and drove trucks touring the country with his handle "Deacon Dave". Even after his retirement he served his community in Wickenburg by volunteering for the Freedom Express as a driver to help those in need, taking them to doctor's appointments or grocery shopping. He was a lover of the American West, a true cowboy, had a great sense of humor...and boy was he a great story teller.

He was preceded in death by his parents Franklin and Annabelle Thom; and his brother James Thom. He is survived by his children Rebecca Burt, Timbre Furrow (her husband John and their children Geoffrey and Noah), Kristin Shealey (her husband Jeff), and David "Josh" Thom (his daughter Averianna); and by his brothers, Frank Thom (his wife Jenny, and their son Bernie), Bob Thom (his wife Debbie and their children Heather and Brandon) and his sister Vick Thom and his cousins Ron Thom (wife Brenda) and Roz Thom. His request for us all is simple--"Love one another".

Funeral arrangements TBD--post COVID restrictions.




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