Abner Thomas, who mentored University of Washington football players as an athletic department special assistant for three decades, died Sunday. He was 86.
Thomas was a beloved figure to generations of UW athletes. In recent years, he met visitors at the gates of UW football practices with a hearty laugh and his signature “all right, all right” greeting.
Thomas was a former supervisor at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and also served as a City Councilor in SeaTac.
A native of Tyler, Texas, Thomas was born on July 4, 1928. He served in the U.S. Army Military Police from 1947 to 1968. He then worked for the Port of Seattle Police and served as airport supervisor until 1989.
— Pastor Napoleon (@napoleonkaufman) July 28, 2014
RIP Abner Thomas. You were a great friend and supporter. I'll forever hear your voice shouting "Move the Chains!!"
— Marques Tuiasosopo (@therealTUI) July 28, 2014
— Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas2) July 28, 2014
R.I.P. Abner Thomas, you will be missed! He was always there to guide, counsel & mentor. A positive & encouraging presence in the program.
— Steve Sarkisian (@CoachSark) July 28, 2014
R.I.P. Abner Thomas. You brought so much positive energy to life. You will always be remembered.
— D'Andre Goodwin (@UWCoachGoodwin) July 28, 2014
— Jordan Paopao (@CoachPaopao) July 28, 2014
We will miss having Longtime Husky Abner Thomas around. He was always able to bring positive energy. RIP
— Lorenzo Romar (@CoachRomar) July 28, 2014
— jeffbechthold (@jeffbechthold) July 28, 2014