Thad was born March 30, 1967, in Powell, Wyoming, the son of Clair and Vida Cheatham. Thad grew up in Greybull, Woming, where he excelled in football, basketball, drama and singing, and he was chosen to be in the all-state choir, and was elected as a boys state representative from his high school. Thad and his brother Eric were one of the few boys to join cooking class so they could meet the girls. He enjoyed “accidently” missing the school bus so they could go play games at Grandma Nation’s home.
Thad met the love of his life, Susan Wainwright in Kemmerer, Wyoming, in 1985, and they were married on November 8, 1986. They knew they had found love at first sight, and each others soul mates. They were later sealed for time and all eternity in the Jordan River LDS. Temple on June 24, 1988. They were immediately blessed with five wonderful children, and recently four grandchildren.
Thad blessed the lives of those around him with his desire to continually serve and teach others, where he would even stop at the side of the road to help a complete stranger. In his early 20’s, he graduated from Cheyenne Aerotech as an A&P mechanic. He also was able to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a pilot. He shared this passion with his family taking day trips as he showed them the country from the air.
Thad was a hard worker, and instilled these values in his children. His line of work and education allowed him to travel the country. He was considered an expert in his field, often fixing aircraft that others had given up on. During the traditional 4th of July St. George trip, his family enjoyed his wonderful cooking as he made the best cinnamon rolls and caramel popcorn to be found.
Thad was so proud and supportive of his children. He truly enjoyed his sons’ athletic skills, and he was an avid Denver Broncos fan. He also enjoyed his daughters’ artistic and musical talents.
Previously, Thad donated a kidney to a loving friend, and in death, his life and legacy will live on in the lives of others due to the fact that he was an organ donor at the time of his death.
Thad is preceded in death by his mother, grandparents, and various aunts and uncles.
Thad is survived by his wife, Susan Cheatham; his father, Clair (Arlene); a son, Tyler (Jen) and their son, Ethan; a son, Michael (Bunny) and their children, Eli, LilyAnna and Emmett; a daughter, Valerie; a daughter, Catherine; a daughter, Holland; and a son, Jackson. He is also survived by his siblings, Max, Lance (Darlene); Dan (Sandy); Ann (Lyle); Eric (Sarah); and Teresa. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Sandy Wainwright.
Visitation will be held at the Kemmerer LDS Stake Center from 10 a.m. Until time of services on Saturday. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at 11 a.m., at the Kemmerer LDS Stake Center, Kemmerer, Wyoming, with Bishop Destry Dearden officiating. Interment will be held at the South Lincoln Cemetery, Kemmerer, Wyoming.
Online condolences may be left at ballfamilychapel.com.