Fred A. Thon, beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed away at Plumas District Hospital on Monday January 17th 2022. Fred was born on December 30th 1936 in Rochester, N.Y. After World War II his family moved to Yuma, AZ where he graduated high school.
In 1954 the family moved to Hawaii. In 1955 Fred enlisted in the Navy at Pearl Harbor. During his duty on the USS Lowry DD-770 he was involved in computer, radar, and missile systems. After his naval career Fred worked for various aerospace companies. In the later part of his career, he worked as a program manager for the space shuttle and as a consultant for NASA. Fred retired from Brunswick Aerospace in 1991.
In his retirement he was in search of a large plot of land, with a water source and abundant wildlife. In 1994 he discovered the pristine beauty of the Lost Sierra. Fred found a homestead and dedicated the rest of his life to making it a beautiful place for his friends and family. After moving to Quincy, he continued his passion for gardening. In his later years he would spend hours in his flower garden surrounded by foxgloves, lilies, roses, hydrangeas, echinacea, peonies, lilacs, rudbeckia and gaillardia. These flowers were harvested weekly in majestic displays for his wife Sharon.
At home Fred would spend his weekends watching Notre Dame football and the NFL. During Fred’s time in Quincy, he was an active member of the community. He was on several boards including Plumas District Hospital, Plumas County Republican Central Committee, and spearheaded the first community supper. He also was an active member at St. John’s parish where he taught adult religion education, was a lector, and part of the parish council and helped maintain the parish for 25 years. Fred will be missed by many. He was a man that didn’t shy away from helping his fellow man.
The funeral service will be held at St John’s Catholic Church on February 18th 2022 at noon. In lieu of flowers please donate to Plumas County Animals a 501©3. Tax deductible donations can be sent to: Friends, PO Box 182, Quincy 95971.