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Wayne Thomas

Wayne Carter Thomas

Thursday, February 16th, 1961 - Monday, February 10th, 2020
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Obituary

La Jara resident Wayne “Babo” Carter Thomas, 58, passed away on February 10, 2020 at the Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree, Colorado surrounded by his wife and loving family.

Wayne was born on February 16th in Alamosa, Colorado to Leland and Deanna Carter Thomas. He married his wife of more than 36 years, Debbie Baetge, on June 4, 1983 and they were sealed for time and all eternity in the St. George, Utah Temple.

Wayne worked for many years helping his family on their ranch. Following his graduation from Adams State College he became a teacher and taught for several years in Antonito, Centauri and most of his working career was spent as a teacher and coach at Sangre de Cristo School in Mosca. He coached football, basketball, and track for many years. He enjoyed every minute spent with his students and athletes. He was an avid Dallas Cowboys and BYU Football fan. His latest endeavor following his retirement from teaching was working for the Conejos County Hospital in Admissions and serving as a temple worker in the Albuquerque, New Mexico Temple.

Wayne loved horses and four wheeling about the countryside. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife Debbie and seeing all the sights. His favorite trip being his recent return to Italy where he served a two year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Most importantly, he loved spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren, who he loved dearly. He was affectionately referred to by all of his grandchildren and many extended family members as “Babo”. Wayne had an interest in history and had a great deal of stories to share about history with just about anyone.

Wayne is survived by his wife Debbie of La Jara; his children Deslie (Milo) Medina of La Jara, Trevor (Ashlee) Thomas of Twin Falls, Idaho, Randi (Devin) Billman of Herriman, UT, Jordan (David) Romero of Denver, CO, Travis (Kirsten) Thomas of North Salt Lake, UT and Tereza (Clayton) Thomas of Eagle Mountain, UT; his grandchildren: Collin, Paislyn, Railey, Anistan, JR, Lynix, Jesse, Kenzie, Sawyer, Aria, Rylnn, Henlee and Khloe; his brothers and sisters: Marvin (Sandi) Thomas, Ranae (Bennett) Greene, Rochelle (Ben) Anderson, Trenna (Adam) Santos, Charlotte (Nathan) Coombs and Russ (Nicole) Thomas; as well as a host of nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents Leland and Deanna and his father-in-law Howard Baetge.

Visitations will be held from 6:00-8:00 pm Friday, February 14th and from 9:30 – 10:30 am Saturday February 15th both at the Manassa 3rd Ward Church. A Funeral Service will be held 11:00 am Saturday, February 15, 2020 also at the Manassa 3rd Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Interment will follow services in the Manassa-Romeo Cemetery in Manassa.

Rogers Family Mortuary is in care of the arrangements. To leave online condolence, words of comfort or stories for Wayne’s family, please visit www.RogersFunerals.com
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, February 14th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Friday, February 14th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Manassa Third Ward
    Address
    311 Main Street
    Manassa, CO 81141
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  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, February 15th, 2020 | 9:30am - 10:30am
    When
    Saturday, February 15th, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
    Location
    Manassa Third Ward
    Address
    311 Main Street
    Manassa, CO 81141
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  • Service

    Saturday, February 15th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, February 15th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Manassa Stake Center LDS Church
    Address
    311 Main St.
    Manassa, Colorado 81141
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    Officiant
    Bishop Larry Helms
  • Interment

    Saturday, February 15th, 2020 | 12:30pm
    When
    Saturday, February 15th, 2020 12:30pm
    Location
    Manassa - Romeo Cemetery
    Address
    Address Not Available
    Manassa, Colorado 81141
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The Heide Family

Posted at 10:55pm
My brother and I had Mr. Thomas as a teacher and our lives were changed for the better because of him. He was one of a kind and will be missed.
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Bonnie White

Posted at 10:56am
I feel lucky to have known Wayne and to have had my sons taught by him. My sons often commented on his class being their favorite. But, it was beyond class that made him a treasure. Please accept my condolences. The world was lucky to have him. He will be missed.
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Amanda Gomez

Posted at 07:56pm
Hello my name is Amanda Gomez, I want to start off by giving you my condolences. I just wanted to tell you, your husband was a amazing person and teacher he inspired me. I have never felt safe and welcome in a class room like he made me feel. Mr Thomas never put down what I said or my ideas. I would always look forward to going into his class. Mr Thomas believed in me as a student and a person, and made me believe in myself. From the first day I was in his class I felt welcomed. I got him president pezes one year for Christmas and he loved them he was so happy about them, he told me about those president after. I always learned in his class. Mr Thomas thaught me history, government and psychology. Mr. Thomas was an amazing person with a bit caring hear, and Mr Thomas was an outstanding teacher. He inspired me to be the person I am and to believe in myself. I would always talk to him at lunch and after school. About life, psychology, and government. Your husband believed in me in school and that's just what I needed was for someone to believe in me and make me feel like I'm in a safe environment. He was one of the best teacher's I ever had, he was also my friend who listed to what I had to say. I am deeply sorry for the world's loss of such an amazing person. But I want you to know that Mr. Thomas touched so many young peoples hearts, and inspired them to be the best he knew they could be. I thank him for everything he brought to me and my life. He gave me a gift for graduation and I will always cherish it. Itsd a reminder everyday to give it my and if I fall to get up and keep going because there is so much to see and learn in this world. Most of all he reached me new things in every class I had. Mr. Thomas made it exciting to learn. I am so thankful for Mr Thomas. I'll never for get his story's or his smile. He showed me that good is still in the world and in people.
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Amanda Gomez

Posted at 06:28pm
150 character will never be enough to show my gratitude for Mr. Thomas. I am so sorry for your loss and I give you my condolences. He touched everyone
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John White

Posted at 11:07am
I am truely saddened by the loss of Wayne. He was the favorite teacher of both my boys, and I looked forward to parent/teacher conferences just to hear him tell a story. He was always so positive with us.

John White
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