Doyle Bennette Thomas Sr.

October 15th, 1957September 18th, 2021

Doyle Bennette Thomas was born October 15, 1957, in Angleton, TX, to Ivoria Jones and Earnest “Sparky” Thomas. He left his earthly body on Saturday, Sept. 18, after a sudden unexpected illness. He attended school in Angleton, TX, where he excelled in all sports: basketball, football and track. Doyle was offered multiple scholarships to Division 1 schools for both basketball and football, but ultimately chose the University of Arkansas Razorbacks Football team where he played under the tutelage of Lou Holtz and Jimmy Johnson. 

In 1989 he married his wife, Kris. In their 34 years together, they raised two beautiful children, Doyle Bennette Thomas Jr. (Ben) and Payton Ivory Thomas. His children were his pride and joy and nothing made him happier than the family’s being together. Doyle would give the shirt off his back to anyone and loved his family above all else. He opened his home to nephew Jeremy Baumgartner and niece Amanda Sanderson who both resided with the family for several years.   

In 1979 Doyle joined the Boulder Police Department after a short time in Law Enforcement in Arkansas. While at the BPD he worked in many different roles, including Undercover, Patrol, Motorcycle Unit, and Detective. He ended his career at the BPD as a Sergeant of the Community Services Division, retiring after 40 total years of public service.

Doyle had an endless love for riding his Harley Davidsons and looked forward every year to his Sturgis trip with his many friends and co-riders. He loved to hunt and fish as well, which he did with his children. His greatest passions though were attending Ben’s football games and Payton’s softball games. He was a proud parent and never missed a game. 

Anyone who knew Doyle would tell you he was always up for a good game of Dominos. So much so that he instituted a ‘Family chalice’ for the “victor of the week.”

Doyle was a gentle giant who always had a smile on his face and love in his heart. He was a self-less man who enjoyed his friends as well as his family. He loved the Denver Stock Show and its turkey legs, his cigars, and his scotch. 

He loved nothing more than being “Papa” to his beloved grandchildren. 

Doyle is survived by his wife Kris of Superior, CO. His son Ben (Nicolette) of Thornton, CO; his daughter Payton who attends CU; his 2 beloved grandsons Doyle Bennette Thomas III (Trey) and Axel William Thomas. He also leaves behind Amanda Sanderson (Dave) of Mead, and their daughters Eliza and Allegra. Uncle Don Gene Harris of Angleton, TX; aunts Asaline Hughley and Everlina Lightner of Denver, his cousin Derek Lightner (Aja) of Aurora. In addition, the list needs to include Kris’s extended family, whom he loved being a part of and always exclaimed it was his privilege.

Preceding Doyle in death was his Mom Ivoria whom he loved so dearly, and Dad Sparky; his Grandma “Big Mama” and Grandpa. Doyle believed in our Lord Jesus Christ and is rejoicing in his love and mercy. 

We know we will see him again and he will never leave our hearts. 

Donations can be directed to the Boulder County Injured and Fallen Officer Fund


The funeral service will be held on Monday, September 27th at 10am at Flatirons Community Church. The service will be followed by a precession to Louisville Cemetery where Doyle will be laid to rest. A reception will follow at the Lionsgate Event Center in their Dove House beginning at 2pm.

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Please have floral arrangements sent directly to Flatirons Community Church (355 W. South Boulder Rd., Lafayette, CO 80026 | (303)664-5524) for the service on Monday.


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Flatirons Community Church, Lafayette | Map


I met Doyle at the Hannig place .. I could tell he would be a great man for Kris LeRoy Triebold
Rest in peace. You are loved.