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Del Lavon Thomas


October 19, 2017 | View PDF

Del Lavon Thomas passed away in his sleep on Sunday morning, Oct. 8, 2017, at Kachemak Way Assisted Living in Homer.

He wished to be cremated, and his ashes will be spread in the Kenai River, where his family spread his mother’s ashes.

Del was born on Dec. 29, 1942, in Hawthorne, California. He was raised in Anchor Point, Alaska, until he moved to California, then returned to Anchorage.

He was an avid amateur radio operator, with the call-sign WL7AKZ. He enjoyed camping and playing with his ham radio. He worked for several years in Anchorage at Jim’s Muffler as a mechanic. In 2009, he suffered a massive heart attack and two strokes. He checked himself out of the hospital and was told by doctors he had only four days to live. Del made them eat their words by surviving another eight years. The doctors simply had no idea how tough he was. After his heart attack in 2009, he moved back to the Homer/Anchor Point area to spend his remaining years, the last seven years at Kachemak Way Assisted Living. The day before his passing, he spent a couple hours at Kharacters in Homer, enjoying a cold beer, one of his favorite things to do. Del is now a “Silent Key.”

He was preceded in death by his father, Delavan Smith Thomas, and his mother, Edna Pearl Ryan.

Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.


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