In Memory

John Thomas

John passed away February 6, 2018 following a bike accident. He lived in Ashland, OR.

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02/13/18 12:47 PM #1    

Kim (Colin) Seymour

   John and I became buddies when we were the only juniors in our biology class. He had a twin brother, Bob. You could tell the red-haired twins apart because John parted his hair on the left and Bob parted his on the right. 

   The twins had just transferred from Klamath Falls, a tough move for sports fans during the era of the Brosterhous brothers and Mike Keck. The Thomas brothers transported me to two memorable sets of games at the state high school basketball tournament (which didn’t include South that year). We saw K.U. (which is how they referred in brief to Klamath Union) win an epic game against a Washington High team that featured Willie and Charles Stoudamire and future Willamette star Doug Holden. The next night, the Cinderella  team from McNary beat K.U. en route to a title that I think some of us at South enjoyed a lot more than might have been expected.

  John shared my passion for off-color jokes, and the one I always remembered from him was a quip: “If you don’t believe in flying saucers, don’t goose the waitress.”

  I lost track of the twins after high school, but I’m glad to hear John was living in Southern Oregon and was active, even though it’s hard to take when someone dies too young.

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