Roger H. Thomson, age 78, passed away peacefully, of natural causes, surrounded by his family on February 28, 2020.
Roger was born to James Albert and Lucile Mary (Holmes) Thomson on January 1, 1942 in Salt Lake City, Utah where he lived until 1945. At this time, his family (with brother; Lynn, sisters; Pam and Shirley) moved to Tennessee while his father worked on the Atomic bomb. The family then returned to settle in Kaysville, Utah where Roger spent the remainder of his years.
Roger served an LDS mission in Canada. He has many fond memories there, which is very fitting, considering his great love of the outdoors. He had gained this love while hunting, fishing, camping and managing the family’s cabin on the Madison River, near West Yellowstone, during the summers of his teenage years.
He was sealed to Dale L. Fisher, in the Salt Lake LDS temple in 1964 and later had 4 children (Trisha, Brian (Skip), Bruce and Denise), 2 grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren.
Roger graduated from dear old Davis High School in 1960 after which he attended Weber State College, where he studied electronics. He used what he had learned to get a job at Hill AFB where he worked the swing shift until he retired, 26 years later, in 1997.
Roger was well known to be an intelligent man and was very knowledgeable. He was not much of a television viewer but could often be seen watching the game show ‘Jeopardy’, as he loved to test his knowledge.
Roger was also known to be an excellent mechanic and could repair most anything. He always enjoyed tinkering, tuning motorcycles and building cars. He displayed mechanical abilities at a young age, which landed him his first real job, a mechanic at the local Kaysville boat shop, Thompson Marine.
Roger fought Multiple Sclerosis from the young age of 19. While it slowed him down, he did not let it stop him from enjoying himself. He continued to take his family camping and, when he no longer could, continued to enjoy taking long drives in the mountains.
Some of Roger’s fondest memories were of his younger years, riding his Norton motorcycle with good friends. Fortunately, when the time came that he could no longer ride, his life-long friend, Brent Coulam, would continue visit Roger up until his final day. He would share stories of riding adventures to allow Roger to continue to ride, in his mind.
Despite 60 years of living with physical hardship, Roger lived a full life and can now reunite with his parents and sister ‘baby Joan’ and be the first to meet his expected great granddaughter
A graveside memorial will be held, in his honor, at the Kaysville Cemetery (500 E. Crestwood Rd.) on Friday, March 6, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.
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