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Thomas Henry BohannanSeptember 23, 1925 ~ April 15, 2017 (age 91)
Thomas Henry Bohanna (known as Henry to his family) 91, of Kingman, Arizona passed away Saturday, April 15, 2017. He was born September 23, 1925 in Pittsburg, Oklahoma. His parents James Franklin Bohannan and Mary Elizabeth (Robertson) Bohannan raised him on a farm with a large family and grew up like most boys working the farm and going to school. He went to school until about the sixth grade when he stopped to be more help on the farm. Even though he had just a sixth grade education he was one of them smartest people I knew. We remember a lot of stories about life on the farm and some about a dog named Danger. He talked a lot about how things were done, struggles, his family and the fact that even though they didn’t have a lot of money, they had each other.
In 1948 he joined the Navy and served during the Korean War, which was one of his proudest achievements of his life.
He met Mom and they were married August 1, 1953 and in 1955 they had their first child David Patrick and in 1957 they had their daughter Mary Jean. They lived modestly in Inglewood, California while Henry went to work for Aerospace. Later they bought a small home in Redondo Beach, California paying $4600.00 back then. He built himself a woodshop and also had a garden where he had quite a green thumb. Although the house was small, it was some of the happiest days of our lives. Later they bought a bigger home in Torrence, California so us kids could have a better education and live in a better area because he wanted more for his family. Ever since I can remember, my father was the best wood worker and could make the most beautiful things. Tables and boxes to name just a few. He really had a gift. There wasn’t anything he couldn’t create or fix.
Henry took good care of his family and I remember the love that he and mom shared, we wanted for nothing.
They then moved to Lancaster, he loved the desert but mom not so much. They would come to visit us in Utah and fell in love with its beauty. Eventually moving here in 1991. They became members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and were later sealed in the temple. Together they loved their newly found religion and all of their new friends. Mom passed away in 1999 and in 2008 we moved Dad to Kingman, Arizona so that we could take care of him. He was the biggest joy of my life.
He is survived by his brother and sister in law, Lloyd and Marilyn Bohannan, his son and daughter in law, David and Sue, two granddaughters Meghan and Anna and his daughter and son in law, Mary and Angelo Sangiorgio. Henry is also survived by an older sister, Isadora Eaves who will be 100 years old this coming September.
Henry was a good friend to everyone. There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for anyone. He will be greatly missed. Now he can be with mom, the love of his life. He passed peacefully surrounded by his family. We love you Daddy, we were truly blessed. I’ll see you again, until then; I’ll always hold you in my heart.
A graveside service will be held Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery. Family and friends may attend a viewing Monday evening from 6 - 8 p.m. in the Olpin Family Mortuary Chapel, 494 South 300 East, Pleasant Grove. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.
In Lieu of flowers please donate to your local Alzheimer's Association.
Alzheimer's Association of Utah
855 East 4800 S Suite 100, Salt Lake City UT 84107