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g loses a great coach and mentor.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

This morning my daughter Sarah and her friend went to the high school weight room to lift weights. When they got to the parking lot they heard gunshots. They saw a man running out of the weight room with a gun. He was screaming,"I want to serve God, not Satan."

He put the gun in his pocket and ran away. Then a bunch of students came running out of the weight room screaming. She and her friend found out that Coach Ed Thomas was shot. The ambulance took him away and Sarah and her friend were taken to a neighboring house. That is where she called me. I was glad she was okay.

As the day progressed, we found out that Coach Thomas didn't make. He had suffered point blank gun shot wounds, many to his head. The whole community was in shock and mourning. The swimming pool closed and so did the grocery store.

Not only was he a great coach, he was a mentor. After the tornado hit last year, he was one of the pivotal people who inspired the community to move on and rebuild. He was loved by his football players. Four of them are in the NFL today. He was loved by his students. He was a social studies teacher. He was loved by his community. Season after season, his football players would go undefeated in the regular season, but it was more than that. He taught his players to play fair and sportsmanlike. He taught them that one's character was more important than winning football games. He taught them to work hard on the football field and in life as well.

The man who shot him has been caught and is in jail now. He was a former student from the class of 2003 and a former football player. He has lots and lots of problems. His father and Coach Thomas would get together regularly to pray for this man. That his life would somehow turn around. That is just the way Coach Thomas was.
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  • BO42SOX
    I am so so very sorry.There aren't any words I can say to lessen the pain,please just know we care-hugs-Kathleen
    4029 days ago
  • BECKYSRN
    I'm so sorry, but am glad your daughter is okay. This on top of the tornado last year...I voted for Parkersburg in the contest to help rebuild the town, but nothing can rebuild the life that was lost.
    As a fellow Iowan...even though I live in Minnesota...my heart goes out to you and yours.

    Blessed be.
    Becky
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    4030 days ago
  • DAIZEEFLI
    So sorry! Sounds like a great man and an even greater loss to the community. SO glad your daughter was where she was at the time. Could have been a lot worse. There are so many troubled people in the world and they all need so much help and love, but many times the person that pays for their problems are the ones that offer help. Hang in there.. we are thinking of you. HUGS!
    4030 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1508516
    I saw this on the news last night, how horribly sad. Coach Thomas sounded like a great guy.
    It's weird to "know" someone who is a part of that community... but not only do you have the thoughts and prayers of everyone who watches the news, but of people on SP, too.
    4030 days ago
  • NANCY_ICANDOIT
    WHAT A TRAGEDY..SO GLAD THAT THE PERSON WHO DID THIS HAS BEEN TAKEN IN BUT THAT WILL NOT CORRECT THE WRONG HE HAS DONE,, THANK GOD THAT NONE OF THE STUDENTS WERE INJURED IN THIS SILLY INCIDENT.

    MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT FOR ALL CONCERNED AND HOPE YOU CAN ALL MOVE ON..
    REMEMBER THAT GOD ALWAYS SENDS A RAINBOW AFTER A STORM emoticon NANCY
    4030 days ago
  • ROSEANNALYNN
    Wow. This is just awful. I will keep you, your family, and your community in my prayers.

    Rose

    4030 days ago
  • SACTOKAREN
    I read about this - just awful. My thoughts and prayer go out to the family, school and community.


    4030 days ago
  • MISSJCISRUNNING
    I saw this story on the new this morning!!! My heart goes out to your daughter, her friends and your entire communtiy!!! Prayers with you all!!! emoticon
    4030 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2854415
    That is so very sad. I'm glad your daughter was safe. I wonder what kind of torment is going on in that young man's head to make him want to do that. He must be a very miserable person.
    4030 days ago
  • COOPSM
    What a tragedy!!!
    Glad your daughter and friend were ok...

    Prayers being said....
    4030 days ago
  • WANAKA
    My thoughts and prayers have been with your community since I read about this yesterday. Thank God your daughter was safe and I hope that man gets help. God bless.
    4030 days ago
  • PEARL10
    PTL your daughter wasn't harmed. Such an awful thing to happen. Sounds like a very unstable person. Hope you can all recover & move on when the time is right.

    Helen
    4030 days ago
  • IAFARMERWIFE
    I have listened to the news today about this tragedy. Mr.Thomas was a wonderful man who touched many lives. He pulled your community together and was a great motivator. This is just awful!!
    The Sioux City tv station had a wonderful tribute to him and how he was so successful in his coaching career.
    I will be praying for all of you! emoticon
    4031 days ago
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