Remembering Mark Hagstrand Thomas, 1950-2020

Family and friends are sharing this remembrance:

Mark H. Thomas died July 27, 2020, after fighting a courageous battle with frontotemporal dementia, a debilitating disease that attacks the spirit and body.

He was born April 27, 1950 in Munich, Germany as a military dependent. Growing up, his family was stationed in various places including Salzburg, Okinawa, and Frankfort before returning to West Seattle in 1961.

He attended Madison and West Seattle High graduating in 1968. In 1972 he completed a BS in Geology from Western Washington College. The majority of career was in the moving and storage industry, retiring as the General Manager for Continental Van Lines in 2013. Mark loved to cook, fish, and, especially, entertain friends and family.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of 33 years, brother Raymond (Terry) Thomas, daughter Nica Tovey, and 2 grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages you to donate to your favorite charity. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers.

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3 Replies to "Remembering Mark Hagstrand Thomas, 1950-2020"

  • Roberta Newland August 2, 2020 (3:08 pm)

     The Newland family, neighbors of the Thomas family off and on since the early 1960s, remembers Mark fondly.  Heartfelt condolences to the family.   Rest in peace, Mark.

  • Jeff Leach August 2, 2020 (4:55 pm)

    Mark was one of the old school people who knew how to work anything and fix anything.  Pam and I were lucky enough to move across the street from him and Dorothy in 1997.  One of the first nights there he was running down the street heading off to help the neighbor whose house was losing its roof in the wind.  That was Mark, helping anyone in need.  There was Mark helping us after the earthquake.  As a couple Mark and Dorothy would welcome everyone in the neighborhood.  We miss you Mark!  You have taught us much and given us much.

  • D August 4, 2020 (8:26 pm)

    RIP my love.

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