John D. Thomas, 83, of Paso Robles and formerly of Lodi, died Jan. 1  in his home. He was born Jun 26, 1922.
Mr. Thomas was raised in Lodi, where he graduated from Lodi High School. He also lived in Paso Robles for 50 years. He served in World War II as a Marine (Carlson’s Raiders) at Iwo Jima, where he received a Bronze Star for his service. He was a member of Semper Fi and was the president of the Lion’s Club in the 1960s. He was a member of the Elks Lodge and the American Legion. He owned and operated Mervilyn’s Flower Shop. He is survived by his wife, Nell; sister, Marjorie; sons, Steve and Brent; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Kuehl-Nicolay Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.