Local Obituaries

Lexington native killed in avalanche had been in military, planned to be a teacher

A Lexington native died in an avalanche while snowshoeing in Colorado on Dec. 31.

Christopher Danforth Thomas, 39, a 1993 graduate of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School who lived in Colorado Springs, was an outdoor climbing guide and substitute teacher who planned to become a full-time high school history teacher.

According to the Denver Post, he was climbing with two others on Kelso Mountain in Clear Creek County, Colo., when he was buried in about 4 feet of snow. The two companions dug Thomas out within 15 to 20 minutes using a shovel and snowshoes, then tried CPR, the newspaper reported.

Thomas, a major in the Army reserves, had a military career that spanned 18 years. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy and was deployed three times in Iraq and once in Afghanistan with the 4th Infantry Division.

In addition to his wife, Melissa Thomas, he is survived by his mother, Berdina Thomas, and brother, Eric Thomas, both of Lexington. Services will be at 4 p.m. Thursday at Milward Funeral Directors on North Broadway, with visitation beginning at 2 p.m.