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William Harold Thomas

September 15, 1944 ~ October 28, 2018 (age 74)

William Harold Thomas, 74, lost his battle with cancer on October 28, 2018 in the comfort of his home in Boise, Idaho. He was born in Grand Rapids Michigan on September 15 to Virginia and Harold Thomas. His adolescence was spent in Beloit, Wisconsin with summers in Menomonie, WI exploring his grandparent's acreage. Bill attended the University of Wisconsin to pursue his bachelor's degree in Journalism. At the age of 21 he enlisted in the Army where he served three and a half years as a Russian Voice Intercept Operator in the Aleutian Islands. After his tour of duty and graduation he moved to Portland, Oregon to complete a law degree at Lewis and Clark College. While taking summer class at University of Washington he met Sue Smith over pork chops in the dorm cafeteria. They were married July 7, 1977. Once he passed the bar in Washington and Idaho he worked as counsel for First Interstate Bank in Seattle. The family moved to Boise when Bill took the position of General Counsel for Idaho First National Bank. After leaving the bank he entered private practice as a business, employment, age, and gender discrimination attorney. Bill spent his working life defending those who needed his help. He was instrumental in the startup of two Idaho banks and provided counsel for First Bank of Idaho.

Bill was as compassionate and thoughtful at home as he was at work. He was a true wordsmith with a great sense of humor. His passing will leave a hole in lives' he touched. He is survived by his wife, Sue, two children, William and Sophia, and five siblings, Jannel, Robert, Ginger, Donald, and Kenneth. As well as his beloved companions Layla and Lucca. We miss you, Big D.

In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Knights of Columbus., Risen Christ Council, 3100 E. Hubbard Road, Meridian, ID 83642

A celebration of life will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 5030 N. Lakemont Ln., Garden City.

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