Daniel Alexander Thomas passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2022, after an extended illness.
Daniel was born in Chicago, Illinois, on June 4, 1936, the son of Frank Thomas Jr. and Wanda Thomas (Andrews).
During his elementary and middle school years he resided in Scottsdale, Arizona, but returned to Chicago and graduated from Lindblom Technical High School. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Ripon College in Wisconsin. During college he joined ROTC and after graduation was called into active duty for three years as First Lieutenant in the United States Army.
During his work career he was employed in positions as chemist, laboratory manager, and research director for companies including Rust-Oleum in Chicago, Illinois; Celanese in Louisville, Kentucky; and Jasco in in Mt. View, California. He was Technical Regulatory Manager at Ecolab in San Jose, California, when he retired in 2010.
Daniel pursued many hobbies including archery, photography, lapidary art and mineral collection, and was a fan of Star Trek. The activity he loved most throughout his life was ballroom dancing and taught part time at Fred Astaire and Arthur Murry studios in Chicago.
Daniel is survived by his wife Karol and daughter Jennifer of San Jose; son Daniel Jr and wife Sylvia of Mt Dora, Florida; son Glenn of Loma Linda, California; grandsons, Spencer Thomas, Grant Thomas and wife Inga, and great-granddaughter Angelina.