Nebraska association mourns passing of longtime member

September 27, 2012 By    

Mike Thurston, a salesperson with Fairbank Equipment and a longtime member of the Nebraska Propane Gas Association, died suddenly on Sept. 20 in Omaha, Neb., at the age of 57.

Thurston had been employed in the propane industry for several years before joining Fairbank Equipment 10 years ago. He was active in the Nebraska Propane Gas Association when he was appointed by the governor to serve on the Nebraska Propane Education and Research Council in 2004. He was named chairman of the council in 2005 and served in that capacity until his term ended in 2010. He remained active in the association and in PERC activities, volunteering at the propane lab at Central Community College in Hastings and at Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island. He was also consulted extensively by the state fire marshal’s office concerning propane safety matters. He has been called an industry leader and a friend.

Thurston is survived by his wife, Deb; his mother, Charlotte; three children and three grandchildren. According to the association, condolences may be sent to Deb Thurston, 16907 Chutney Drive, Omaha, NE  68136, and memorials may be sent to the Nebraska Propane Association Scholarship Fund, 301 South 12th Street, Suite 140, Lincoln, NE 68508.


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Kevin Yanik was a senior editor at LP Gas Magazine.

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