Jon Thomas

Jon Thomas-Weger, 58, president of the Central New Mexico Labor Council and New Mexico labor leader, suffered a sudden heart attack and passed away in his yard Thursday, October 18, 2007. He was born August 9, 1949 in Des Moines, IA, to Jim and Gloria Thomas. He was partner and husband to Roxie Weger-Thomas for 25 years. Jon is also survived by his three daughters, Saida and Rachel Thomas of Albuquerque and Jerusha Thomas of Monroe, LA; grandson, Beau Sandoval of Albuquerque; father, Jim Thomas of San Antonio, TX; brother, Jeff Thomas of Dehra Dun, India; sister, Jan. Dunlap of San Antonio; and his Sun Dance family. Jon was a letter carrier for 35 years, and was active in numerous labor, political and social justice activities. He dedicated his life to the Salt of the Earth people. A spirit sending ceremony was conducted Monday by Cliinton Thunderchief. A public celebration will be at the CLC Rank and File Heroes Banquet Saturday, October 27, 2007 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Gardunos on the Green, 9401 Balloon Fiesta Museum Drive, Albuquerque. Memorials may be sent to the Central Labor Council, P.O. Box 30631, Albuquerque, NM 87190
Published in the Albuquerque Journal on October 27, 2007


"My Best Friend"
By Vanessa Joseph Genens 67
October 21, 2007

I have very sad news about Jon Thomas, class of '67. He died of a massive heart attack on Thursday evening. I know he was in touch with some other people through Connections, so they need to know.

Jon was the president of the Labor Council of New Mexico. He was very active in New Mexico politics. He was starting a community radio station and a newspaper when he passed.

He was involved in Native American affairs and attended Sundance in South Dakota every year. He leaves a widow, Roxie, three daughters, Sa'ida, Jorusha, and Rachel, and a grandson, Beau.

I want to thank everyone at Connections who found him again for me. He was my best friend and I'll always treasure the time we got to spend together for the last two years of his life. He's irreplaceable and I'm devastated by his loss.


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