Former CH City Council Member Passes

Posted on 12/22/2017

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Gordon Thomas, one of the founding pioneers of Cottonwood Heights, and original member of the city council. 

Thomas was part of the community council that helped form Cottonwood Heights. He also served on the city council from 2005-11, representing District 1.

Thomas passed away on Dec. 22, surrounded by family and loved ones.

His contributions to our city and community are endless, and will have a reaching legacy for years to come.

Our hearts go out to his family at this difficult time.

Thomas was laid to rest on Dec. 28, 2017.

Gordon's family posted the following obituary:

Gordon Monson Thomas (born June 24, 1934 in Boise, Idaho) died after a long battle with dementia on December 22, 2017. Merry Christmas, Darling. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Cummings Thomas and seven children--Karen (Brian) Arnesen, Kathryn (Dave) Moon, Jim (Janet) Thomas, Joanne (Sean) Jones, Ron (Christine) Thomas, Rebecca (Steve) Evans, and Nathan Thomas—as well as 29 grandchildren, and 26 great-grandchildren.

Gordon grew up in Salt Lake City and graduated from West High School. After his father died (when he was six years old) he spent his summers in Boise, staying with his oldest sister, LaVene, and her husband, Albert Call. He married the love of his life, Bonnie Cummings, on August 29, 1955. They celebrated their 62nd anniversary this year and had a long and happy life together.

Gordon worked as a sales rep for General Mills for 34 years. When he retired, his company didn’t know what gift to give him. They said he already had his family, his God, and his work—everything a man needed. He was an avid runner, running 6 miles a day, 6 days a week. He ran four marathons and many half-marathons. He ran his last half marathon with his granddaughter when he was 77 years old. In 1984 he carried the torch for the Los Angeles Summer Olympics through Salt Lake City.

Gordon loved politics. He served on the Cottonwood Heights Community Council for 9 years. When the community was incorporated, he served two terms on the city council. He loved people and they knew he loved them. He often stopped mothers to talk to their children. During his last year when so many things were unfamiliar to him, his great-grandchildren could always bring a smile to his face.

He loved the gospel and was an active and committed member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He loved serving with the youth in the church. He was the bishop of the Butler 7th ward for 7 years and loved the people of his ward. Later he served in a stake presidency and stake young men’s presidency. He was a faithful home teacher. He was faithful in holding family prayer, family scripture study, and family home evening. His children frequently saw him studying his scriptures, and he memorized favorite passages on his daily run. His faith sustained him during difficult times and became a legacy his left his family. He passed away during Christmas, his favorite time of the year. Merry Christmas, darling. We look forward to a happy reunion.