William Stanley Thomas, 53, of Mad River, died in a logging accident Oct. 18, 2013. He was found at approximately 10 p.m. by a search party of his closest friends.
William was born in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, on July 9, 1960, but shortly after his birth moved to the Humboldt/Trinity area where he lived the remainder of his years. William attended Van Duzen Elementary and Southern Trinity High School. Although never formally educated beyond high school, William was known for his intellect. He was a self-educated man who could debate almost any topic.
William was also known for his work ethic. Whether he was working 10- or 11-hour days cutting lumber or walking across mountains hunting with his pack of hounds, William embraced his livelihood with passion.
He was a part of the Ruth Riding and Roping Club and the Six Rivers Lions Club. He enjoyed being a part of the Lions Club because it gave him the chance to help people. William helped almost anyone he could. Anyone who knew William knew he was known for his “Willy Fits” and most of us got a chuckle out of watching a fit or two.
William is survived by his wife of 24 years, Jenna Lyn Thomas; his children, Shelby Thomas and Thomas Hodgin (Steffine Wolfe); his grandchildren Wyatt and Travis Wolfe-Hodgin; his mother Alice Thomas; and his siblings, Mary Schanuth (Kevin Berry), Robert Thomas (Shalisa Fiester), and Christi Thomas; and a lot of nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his father, William Overton Thomas, and his nephew, Dustin Jones.
Services for William will be at the Ruth Lake Community Services District’s Community Hall on Van Duzen Road in Mad River at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3. Meat will be provided and the bar will be hosted. Please bring a side dish and celebrate Wild Willy’s Going Away Party.
Arrangements under the care of Goble’s Fortuna Mortuary, Fortuna, Calif.