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William Michael Thomas

06/17/1957 - 02/29/2024
Service Date: 03/08/2024
Service Time: 11:00 AM
Service Location: Bunker University Chapel, 3529 E. University Dr, Mesa, AZ 85213
Visitation Date: 03/08/2024
Visitation Time: 10:00 AM
Visitation Location: Bunker University Chapel, 3529 E. University Dr, Mesa, AZ 85213
Interment: City of Mesa Cemetery

William Michael Thomas beloved son, husband, father, and friend passed peacefully in his home on February 29, 2024. Michael was born on June 17, 1957 in Toledo, Ohio, to parents, William Henry Thomas and LouAnn Bowerman.

From the very beginning, Michael’s life was marked by a sense of purpose and determination.

Early on he was a dedicated martial artist, Golden Glove boxer and endurance athlete. His determination for greatness was evident as he achieved a black belt in Kenpo Karate. His dedication to the sport led him to spar with legendary martial artist Chuck Norris.

Beyond his martial arts accomplishments, Michael was an accomplished endurance athlete. He participated in numerous ultra marathons, too many standard marathons to count, and completed the prestigious Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run. Additionally, he conquered the Iron Man competition multiple times, showcasing his remarkable physical and mental fortitude.

Throughout his life, Michael embodied the values of love, strength, and resilience. He faced life’s challenges with courage and perseverance.

In 1980 William found the love of his life in Laurie Lambson Thomas and together they built a life filled with three fantastic children. In young married life Michael and Laurie operated a lawn mowing service out of Michael’s precious powder blue Thunderbird. Together they put dreams to reality and opened up their own mortgage institution in 1993, with its unfortunate closing in 2001. Michael would continue to work in mortgage banking touching the lives of many.

As a young father, Michael exemplified a spirit of fun and light-heartedness. He was known for his playful nature and memorable antics, such as his impromptu performance as Elvis Presley for his oldest daughter’s elementary school presidential bid. His ability to bring joy and laughter to those around him was truly remarkable and left a lasting impact on all who knew him.

In his early life  Michael found great joy in his service within the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). He spent countless hours mentoring and guiding young men in their spiritual and personal growth. He was deeply committed to the Boy Scout troop, leading adventurous outings and helping scouts earn merit badges.

Throughout his life, Michael served in various capacities within the church, including the High Council and Bishopric.

In his later years Michael served in the church cannery, despite the challenges of declining health.

In addition to his many accomplishments, Michael faced and persevered through significant challenges with mental health, demonstrating incredible strength and courage in his battle. The descendants of Michael would like to thank friends, family, and the countless mental health professionals and staff that took care of him through the years.

Michael’s courageous battle with mental health has influenced his children, who have shown resilience and compassion in their personal and professional lives. Whether through personal experiences or professional endeavors, many of his children have chosen advanced degrees in healthcare, inspired by their father’s journey and determined to make a difference in the lives of others.

Michael was a proud papa to nine grandchildren, each bringing joy and happiness into his life. He cherished the time spent with them and always enjoyed seeing their smiling faces. His grandchildren will deeply miss his presence.

William Michael Thomas will be deeply missed. He is survived by former wife Laurie Thomas and children Brandon (Jenna)Thomas, daughters London (Joseph) Caudle, and Savannah (Derek) Tanner, and 9 grandchildren. His mother LouAnn MacDonald, Brothers Greg Thomas, Billy MacDonald, sisters Jana (Leighton)True, Julie (Mike) Brask.


Michael’s services will be held Friday March 8th at Bunkers Funeral Home, 3529 E University Dr, Mesa, AZ 85213

10:00 am Visitation

11:00am Funeral

Interment at City of Mesa cemetery



Arrangements by Bunker’s University Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.


  • Mary Ann Dotson

    So sorry death is part of life. May God bless and comfort you all ♥️

  • So many wonderful memories. I will always hold your family in my heart. So sorry Mike has left so soon.

  • Bobby Owensby

    My family all ended up in Mesa, AZ, thanks to your invitation for me to come work with you and Laurie at Ahwatukee Mortgage. So many happy years here raising our children, working, living with family and friends! You are loved and will be missed. Godspeed. ❤️

  • As we embrace life, we must also embrace death. ~ words are from my cousin Michael.

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