Jared Ralph Thomas, age 69, passed away suddenly at home of an apparent heart attack on August 27, 2016. Jared was born on July 15, 1947, in Monticello, UT, to Julian Robert Thomas and Clara Norene Richins.
His father was the forest ranger in Monticello, and Jared enjoyed an enviable childhood, playing on the 30 acres around the ranger station until he was ten years old, when his father was transferred to Salt Lake City.
Jared graduated from Granite High School in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1965 and from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah in 1969, with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.
He worked for Thiokol (now Orbital ATK); Great Salt Lake Minerals; EIMCO; Industrial Design; Lee Larsen; Ford, Bacon and Davis; Cowley and Evans; Redd Engineering; and John Goebel before establishing his own HVAC design company, Jared R. Thomas & Associates, in the basement of his home in 2002.
In 1976, he met Cherie Lee Voss in a Sunday School class, and they were married in the Salt Lake Temple in 1979.
The most thrilling events in Jared’s life were the births of his four children. How he loved to spend time with them, hiking, camping, baking sourdough biscuits, and growing a garden.
He often played the fiddle before bedtime so his children would dance and wear themselves out, and soon they were each playing their own instruments and enjoying jam sessions with their Dad.
Jared was a kind and honest man who enjoyed studying Utah history and finding the homes and gravesites of his ancestors.
He is survived by his wife Cherie; children Camilla (Bryce) Ready, Mary, Jared Joseph (Lisa), and Sarah; and siblings Neal (Meriellen) Thomas, Jay (Jan) Thomas, Dian Thomas, and Clyde (Lori) Thomas.
He has six grandchildren: Noah, Aaron, Anna, and Alyssa Ready and Benjamin Thomas, with another boy due in October.
A viewing for Jared will be Friday, September 2, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at the Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Home, 4760 South State Street, Salt Lake City, UT.
Funeral services were Saturday, September 3, 2016 at the Butler West Seventh Ward, 1435 East 7200 South, Cottonwood Heights, Utah at 11 a.m. with a viewing prior from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
The interment took place immediately following the funeral service at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 South Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, UT.
Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.jenkins-soffe.com.