Aaron Scott Thomas, 55, of Ogden, UT, passed away on December 21, 2023, from injuries sustained from a ski accident at Snowbasin Resort.
Aaron was born on October 10,1968, in Schenectady, NY, to parents Patty Hoffman and the late Terry Thomas. Aaron grew up in Weston and Ridgefield, CT. After graduating from Ridgefield High School in 1986, he attended the University of Denver and spent time in Steamboat Springs, Colorado before moving back east to finish his undergraduate degree at Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT, where he later earned a master’s degree in education.
Aaron was on skis before he was out of diapers, acquiring a love for the sport from his father Terry Thomas and his paternal grandfather Kent Thomas II. Aaron spent the winters of his youth skiing at his grandparents’ ski house (Kent Thomas II and Elaine Thomas) at Mad River Glen in Waitsfield, Vermont. It was there that he learned to “ski it if you can” and became an incredible skier. After living in Connecticut and New York State he and his (ex) wife Colleen O’Donnell moved to Huntsville, Utah where their beautiful daughter Kira was born.
Aaron was the proud owner of Aaron Scott Construction and became a well-respected contractor in the area. He took great pride in his work and was known for his attention to detail. His loyal clientele appreciated his craftsmanship and were happy to hire him with the stipulation that a winter storm meant Aaron would be skiing and off the job for a day or two.
Aaron lived out loud and with no reservations. He was famous for fitting 3 days of activities into one afternoon. With a wicked sense of humor, he lived life to the fullest and made every minute count. While in Ogden, Aaron was introduced to the practice of transcendental meditation through Vicki and Lynn Napper, which ended up being pivotal in his life and imbedded the importance of his spirituality. He spent a couple of hours each morning reading ancient Indian scripture/philosophy and meditating. Aaron opened the door to meditation for his girlfriend Carrie Buys and she introduced a steady practice of Yoga to Aaron. They shared an intense love for music and could be found dancing at a variety of concerts across the country, or just in the kitchen.
While Aaron had many other interests including skiing, hiking, mountain biking and kayaking, there was nothing more important to him than his daughter Kira who he loved fiercely. Thanks to Kira, Aaron received a complete education on the life and music of Taylor Swift. The two of them also adored reading together and spent quality time together skiing, hiking, cooking, gardening, mountain biking and watching movies together. Aaron was always so proud of his daughter Kira’s accomplishments and loved watching her evolve as she continues to successfully compete in the sport at the highest level.
On December 21st, 2023, just after 5am, Aaron took his last breath surrounded by his daughter Kira, girlfriend Carrie and (ex) wife Colleen. It was fitting that Aaron chose to leave us during one of his favorite times of the year, the Winter Solstice which marks “the symbolic death and rebirth of the Sun; the gradual waning of daylight hours is reversed and begins to grow again”.
From the pom-pom on top of his beanie down to his down boots, Aaron Scott Thomas will be dearly missed.
Aaron is survived by his mother, Patricia Hoffman, predeceased by his father Terry Thomas and his step-father Edward Hoffman, his loving daughter Kira Thomas, his devoted girlfriend Carrie Buys, his cousin Kent Thomas IV - who was raised more as a brother and best friend to him, his dog Chela, his Aunt and Uncle Deborah and Kent Thomas III, cousins Suzanne Davison, Elizabeth Schumacher, Camille Lawrence, Danielle Lawrence, his Aunt Janelle Lawrence as well as many other extended family, cousins and countless friends.
There will be a Celebration of Life for all of us to share stories, laughter, and tears at The Monarch Atrium in Ogden on Sunday, January 14, 2024, from 4-7PM. An additional Celebration of Life will be held on the East Coast at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in the name of Kira Thomas to the non-profit World Cup Dreams Foundation at worldcupdreams.org or mailed to World Cup Dreams Foundation, PO Box 248, Keene, NY 12942 or Spiritual Regeneration Movement Center, 1658 E 22nd St Ogden UT 84401.