Donald Allen Thomas
passed away on March 9, 2010
in Phoenix, Arizona
He is survived by his two children, Danielle Marie Thomas and Matthew Charles Thomas; his parents Robert Lee Thomas and Christine Thomas; his brother Thomas Lee Thomas; his best friend of thirty-two years, Charlie Siddle; and many, many friends in business, golf, squash, racquetball, and life. Don graduated from Mesa High in 1975, where he starred in football, golf, and other sports. After he graduated, Don became a professional racquetball player. He ultimately achieved the rank of number 4 in the world during the peak of the sport, competing against other top pros like Marty Hogan, Charlie Brumfield, David Bledsoe and many others in tournaments all over the world. He graced the cover of National Racquetball magazine (and was named racquetball's "coverboy"); was sponsored by Nike, Catalina, Leach, and the clothier Hart, Schaffner & Marx; and he played in the Tournament of Champions against other racquet-sport stars, including Bjorn Borg. After retiring from sports, Don enjoyed a highly successful business career, founding an import/export company in his garage that ultimately grew to a worldwide business. He was most proud of his family. His children were the highlight of his life, and he experienced the most joy watching them succeed in the world and follow in his footsteps. He not only was a father, but a friend and mentor to his children, traveling all over the world with them to dive, water ski, and climb the world's highest mountains. Don loved life and lived to the fullest, and everyone who met him could never forget him. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Private burial in Idaho.
Effective September 1, 2009 the AZRA terminated its affiliation with USA Racquetball.
All CURRENT AZRA events are sanctioned through USA Racquetball and therefore will count towards your rankings. All AZRA members are the members of USA Racquetball and therefore all your benefits will remain in tact including your current ranking. USA Racquetball will service all Arizona matters including memberships until a new organization is formed and reconized by the USA Racquetball as the state affiliate association.
USA Racquetball point of contact is Jim Hiser at 719-635-5396 ext. 130.
Previous AZRA USA Racquetball affiliation.
The USA Racquetball recognizes the ARIZONA RACQUETBALL ASSOCIATION (AZRA) as an affiliate association to serve as the local organizing body for the state of Arizona. The AZRA is incorporated as non-profit business and is recognized as an autonomous association of the USA Racquetball with an elected board. The board of directors receives no compensation for any services rendered and is comprised of volunteers from our membership. Our goal is to foster the growth and development of the sport racquetball in Arizona and to provide to all individuals and institutions who are interested the opportunity to participate and contribute to this growth.