Dennis and Brenda Thomas were married in 1968, after which Dennis served in Vietnam in the U.S. Army from 1968-1970. They took over the grocery store in Malad after Stanley’s death in 1977 and Dennis’ mother, Erma, continued to work at the store until her death in 1997.
Dennis served with the Malad Volunteer Fire Department for 24 years, including two terms as Fire Chief. Thomas Market funds two scholarships annually for Malad High School graduates and Dennis and Brenda continued his parents’ tradition of purchasing 4-H livestock at the Oneida County Fair Fat Stock Sale. Both Dennis and Brenda were members of the Malad Valley Welsh Society and supported the Welsh Festival. They were honored as Grand Marshals of the 2010 Malad 4th of July parade. Dennis tragically died in an accident at the store in 2012.
Dennis and Brenda’s son, Jerry, took over ownership of the store in 2009. Brenda continues to work with her son at the store.
Harry Sherman presented a musical tribute he wrote to the Thomas family entitled “Small Town Grocery Man”.
A letter of tribute from the Associated Food Stores to the Thomas family was read and a letter of tribute from Bradley Hess to Dennis Thomas was read regarding his service to the Malad Volunteer Fire Department.
Brenda Thomas spoke, thanking the Thomas family for their support of her.“I am so fortunate to be a part of the wonderful Thomas family where I was taught about hard work, long hours and doing things the right way,” she said. Jerry Thomas thanked his parents saying,“What a wonderful heritage they have left for me. Thanks to my mom, my number one helper.”