Donald Blaine Thomas, Jr.

1940 ~ 2023

Graveside Service

Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East Dimple Dell Road, Sandy, UT
Feb 20, 2023 3:00 PM

Visitation for Family and Friends

Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East Dimple Dell Road, Sandy, UT
Feb 20, 2023 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Donald (Dante’) Thomas

It is time to say “Goodbye “to our amazing “Papa Don” who passed away peacefully in his home with his family by his side. Don was born in Salt Lake City to Donald Blaine Thomas and Ethel Evon Petersen Thomas. He married Patricia Ann Johnson Walker on March 5, 1962. Together they had 5 remarkable children, Shon, who preceded him in death in February 2022, Kimberly Huber (Peter), Daron, Shelly Schmidt (Robert), and Patti. He had several grandchildren and great grandchildren who gave him a lifetime of love and happiness. We have lost a remarkable husband, father, grandfather, and good friend to many.

He was full of life, with an infectious sense of humor that he passed on to his family. He was an entrepreneur of many businesses and ventures, the largest and the one that he was most proud of is Salon Dante’ & Day Spa, that he and his wife Pat began in 1962. Don lived large and had many hobbies, including getting his pilot’s license and owning a small airplane. He was always helping his family with many projects.
He loved hunting, fishing, boating, jeeping, riding dirt bikes, water and snow skiing, riding horses, golf, golf, and more golf. He mostly loved traveling in his motorhome with his family and seeing the country, Mexico and Canada. His goal in life was to make sure that his family would always be taken care of.

Graveside services will be held at 3:00 pm on Monday, February 20. 2023 at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East Dimple Dell Road (10600 South), Sandy, UT. A visitation will be held from 1:00 to 2:45 pm prior to the graveside services.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity in Don’s name.


I enjoyed building your home in Rio Virgin & helping out with several projects on your other properties. Don called me quite regularly to keep in touch. He was a great friend & a real character. I will miss hm & his love & concern for me.

- Bruce Niederhauser

So sorry for the loss of a great friend, business neighbor and drinking buddy.
Our thoughts and prayers for the family.

- Shari and Robert Britton

What an amazing picture of Don, one picture really says it all. Please let your entire family know how much we are all thinking about you. I just remember what a stubborn, smart ass he could be and I only mean that in a loving way.
My heart goes out to you all and Patti anything you need just call. The Wing family

- Paula Wing

Sending my condolences on Don's passing. Didn't have the privilege of knowing him very long but he always made me laugh, very welcomed and loved hearing of your family adventures. You all have many happy memories.

- Linda Jensen

Don has always treated me like part of his family. I have loved him as if he was my father, what a wonderful friend he has been. I will miss him very much! Prayers for the family for this great loss. I will always be there for you Thomas family.

- Rick Hopes

Thomas Family, please accept my condolences on your family's loss.

Andrea Quinn-Jones

- Andrea Quinn-Jones

We will really miss you Uncle Don! I have so mamy fond memories! You were always so good to me and my kids and family.

- Tom McIntyre

Great man, great family, nothing but respect. Thinking of all of you at this time and praying for each of you.

- Amber Reid

Our sincere condolences during this difficult time.
He is loved and revered by so many of his friends.
He will be missed and May he and his poker buddies continue their game in heaven. He is being greeted with open arms.
May he RIP…

- Craig Dade

I’m so sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man, full of life! Kim was one of my best friends growing up and have many fond memories of Don every time I spent the night at their home! He always made me feel so welcome! Much love and hugs and love to you all.

- Audree Tribbensee (Freewald)