Ben Thomas, whom I met in 2011, passed away peacefully in his home on Tuesday, December 23, 2014. He was just 33-years-old. Ben, born in American Falls, Idaho, met his future wife, Jena, while attending BYU. They were married in 2004 and moved to St. George, Utah. In June 2010, they welcomed their daughter Emmerson into the world.
Ben was diagnosed with ALS in Fall 2010. Early on in Ben’s diagnosis he made it very clear that ALS might take his physical body, but he refused to let it take his joy and happiness. He said it best when he said, “Happiness is a choice, and I choose to be happy.”