Stanley Earl Thomas

  • Born: June 9, 1937
  • Died: December 28, 2019
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

Porter Loring Mortuary North

2102 North Loop 1604 East
San Antonio, TX 78232
Tel. (210) 495-8221

Tribute & Message From The Family

Stanley Earl Thomas passed away at home, surrounded by family. He was born in Richmond, Indiana to Willard Earl and Alice May Thomas and was raised by his grandparents on a dairy farm. Stan was a true leader, "soldier's soldier" and proud infantryman who began his 39-year army career in the Indiana National Guard, then entered active duty as a commissioned officer. As company commander in his second tour of duty in Viet Nam, he was wounded in action in a combat sweep. Despite an above-the-knee amputation, he continued a successful military career, actively pursuing leadership assignments. Along the way, Stan graduated from the University of Arizona and the Army War College.

After retiring in 1993 as Garrison Commander at Fort Sam Houston, Stan channeled his passion for leadership in different directions. He served as Executive Director of Communities in Schools (San Antonio), was appointed to the Texas State Board of Orthotics and Prosthetics for seven years, and became certified as a challenge course facilitator. Stan worked with corporate groups and the University of Texas Executive MBA as speaker, facilitator and coordinator for team building and leadership training. Golf, woodworking, and fly fishing were favorite pastimes.

Stan loved life. He doled out bear hugs, powerful grip handshakes and engaging stories. He cherished his family, valued his friends, and was loved by many.

Stan is survived by his wife of 49 years, Janie; children, Tim Thomas, Randy Thomas, Sabra Sell, Dayle Mentzer, Brian Thomas, and Darcy Scrimpshire and their families, to include 23 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren; and brother, David.

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In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bulverde United Methodist Church,


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Friend, the world lost a great man.
Gay Meyer

Posted by gay meyer - san antonio, TX - Friend   November 02, 2020

I am so sorry to belatedly hear about the passing of your dad. I am the daughter of James Bortel, who knew Stan through their military connections, and I have very fond memories of visiting your family. And of course I remember Mr. Thomas. He was larger than life! My condolences to your family.

Posted by Jennifer Bortel - Indianapolis, IN - Family Friend   April 30, 2020

WOW! What a shock. We hadn't spoken in awhile. Condolence to you and family. I will call you soon.

Posted by Dominic Ruggerio - Venice, FL - Friend   January 19, 2020

Janie and family
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Posted by Dominic Ruggerio - Venice, FL - Friend   January 19, 2020

Sorry to hear of the big guy's passing. He was a powerful presence at the US Army Armor School where I knew him. Always upbeat and ready with a quip he was respected by all, students and faculty alike. We are the poorer without him. Gopd bless you, Stan, where ever you are.

Posted by David Tamminen - Freeport, ME - Served in the Military together   January 19, 2020

Stan was an amazing man - such a great leader and friend. My heart goes out to Janie and all the family. He did such wonderful things and he will never be forgotten.

Posted by Rosemary Durica - Friend   January 18, 2020

Dear friend: As you told me during the last time I talked to youI am glad you were my friend, John, I will remember you in the same manner. You were a true friend who always shared your thoughts about all topics in a direct style. I will remember you also for your great sense of humor, and crushing hand shakes. Nina and I are fortunate to have met you and spent many hours conversing with you and Jannie. God bless you and may you Rest In Peace in heaven.

Posted by John Quinones - San Antonio - friend   January 17, 2020

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by Marci Motes - San Antonio, TX - friend   January 16, 2020

Our sympathy during this time of loss! May God bless you and hold the family close as we rejoice in Uncle Stanley's Homecoming. Prayers and Love

Posted by Duane Thomas - Indianapolis, IN - Family   January 15, 2020

We are saddened to hear of Stan's passing. He most certainly was a wonderful man. I am a friend of Janie's and I wish her and the family God's blessings and peace

Posted by Brenda & Johnny Conner - San Antonio, TX - Friend   January 13, 2020

Janie, Stan's life on this earth was marked by such great milestones including his wonderful wife and family. May the memories you have of Stan wrap you in comfort and bring you peace. Stephanie Jones, SanAntonio

Posted by Stephanie Jones - San Antonio, TX - Acquaintance   January 10, 2020

Stan Thomas was the best commander, leader, mentor I had the high privilege of serving with in the Army. He was a big man of strong principles: honesty, integrity, straight-talking & a great sense of humor! You never had to wonder about where you stood with him. We walked through three eventful years of serving together & kept in touch over the years since. See you later, brother!

Posted by Jim O'Neal - Cibolo - Friend   January 10, 2020

Stan's obit nails it. He was a soldier's soldier; the best leader and commander I have ever had. He could be harder than woodpecker lips (to steel a phrase from a former Army CSA) or soft and nurturing as a big teddy bear. I loved Stan like a brother and I know he's asking those he is meeting in heaven if they have any idea what the temperature is going to be tomorrow in some small, obscure town in Texas. God bless you Stan. You have made so many lives richer. Thanks for being a part of mine. Stephanie and I pray God's blessing on Janie and the Thomas family.

Posted by Herb Coley - New Braunfels, TX - Friend   January 09, 2020

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