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Thomasma, 66, remembered as educator, musician

Longtime educator made an impression on students and others through career, music and love for community.

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Dan Thomasma
Dan and Ken Thomasma on Moran

Dan Thomasma on the summit of Mt. Moran with his dad, Ken, in the early 1970s.

In the end, Dan Thomasma was exactly where he wanted to be.

In fact, there was no place he’d rather be than in the cradle between the rugged granite Teton peaks and smooth buttes of the Gros Ventre Mountains that frame the Snake River valley. Here, all that he loved converged as he carved out a life that was defined by music and friends, students and family, wild lands and wonder. A place where he set the tone and pace for a still wilder, uninhibited love for community.

Dan Thomasma

Dan Thomasma during his final year as a teacher at Kelly Elementary School in May 2014.

Dan Thomasma retires

Dan Thomasma gets a group hug from his students after the Kelly Elementary School’s fifth-grade graduation presentation in June 2014, the year he retired from teaching.

Dan Thomasma

Dan Thomasma with an impressive trout during a trip to Alaska in 2014, a retirement gift crowdfunded by family and friends in the community.

Dan Thomasma at the Hootenanny

Dan Thomasma, right, performs with fellow musician and friend Hank Phibbs at the Jackson Hole Hootenanny in Moose in March 2016.

Contact Jeannette Boner at 307-732-5901 schools@jhnewsandguide.com.

Jeannette has worked as an editor and journalist in the Greater Yellowstone Region for more than 20 years. She finds excitement and joy in watching her children explore wild places with her husband, Brad, and their red heeler, Rosie.

Brad Boner has worked as a photojournalist for 25 years and has directed the News&Guide’s visuals since 2004. He lives on the west side of the Tetons with his wife, two kids, a grumpy cat and Rosie the red heeler.

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