David Matthew Thomas was born on November 8, 1934 to Margaret and Richard Delmar Thomas in Beaver Falls, PA. He moved to Texas with his mother and two sisters, Geri and Pat, as a young child.
David attended Austin High School and later attended a technical school at Blinn University. He served in the military reserves for a few years. David had a hard working nature from an early age. By the age of 11 years old David had made himself a shoe shine kit and earned money by shining soldier's shoes. He gave the money he earned to his mother because, by this time, she was a single mother with three children. David's strong work ethic continued throughout his entire life. He was employed as a professional truck driver with Coca Cola for nineteen years.
David met and married Lois Mae Roberts Thomas; together they raised five children, David Jr., Richard, Judy, Jackie, and Janice. When Lois' health failed her, he lovingly cared for her the last twelve years of her life.
David was very gifted in his musical abilities. He played guitar and piano by ear. The unique thing about David's piano playing is that he played with his hands crossed. When asked how he could do this he explained, as a little boy when he played the piano seated beside his grandfather, he didn't have much room at the keys, so that was how he learned to play--with his hands crossed; he continued to do so throughout his life, even when his grandfather wasn't there.
David was an avid sports fan. He loved watching baseball and football games on television. His favorite teams were UT Longhorns and Dallas Cowboys. David spent many years coaching little league baseball and Pop Warner Football. He often told how he was appointed Coach of the team of little boys that didn't get picked by the other coaches. These boys couldn't catch and couldn't hit the ball; but under his coaching advisement this team, that no one else wanted, came in third place in the league one year. David considered that quite an accomplishment. He loved it when the so-called underdog would win the game.
David married Murlene Parker McFarland on August 31, 1997. They enjoyed 19 years of marriage. They enjoyed spending time together, cared for each other in times of illness, and enjoyed going to church together.
David went home to be with his Lord and Savior April 6, 2017. David loved people. He loved his family, friends, and neighbors and was eager to lend a helping hand whenever a need arose. David was the man that those who didn't have a grandfather adopted him to be their grandfather. He had a way of making others feel special with his kind words and big hugs.
David will be greatly missed. He demonstrated love, faithfulness, perseverance, and courage. We thank the Lord for the special blessing he was to so many people throughout his lifetime. We say goodbye for now, until we meet again in Heaven.
A visitation will be held at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 1200 South Bagdad in Leander, TX on Monday, April 10, 2017, from Noon to 2:30 p.m. A graveside service will follow at 3:00 p.m. at Bagdad Cemetery.