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Thomas Joseba Jayo

February 14, 1997 — January 30, 2024


In loving memory of Thomas Joseba Jayo, who passed away on January 30, 2024. 

Thomas was born on Valentine's Day, 1997, in Twin Falls, Idaho, to Joseph and Cammie Jayo-a birthdate he shared with his mother and his Amuma. Thomas brought immeasurable joy to his family from the moment he entered their lives. He was known for his infectious smile, compassionate heart, and an unwavering commitment to those he loved. Thomas was a loving son, brother, and a loyal friend. He had a heart as big as his sense of humor. 

Thomas was named after his grandfather, Thomas Tappen, affectionately known as Guppy. The two had many adventures. The days Guppy picked Thomas up from preschool at St. Edward's, coffee and donuts were sure to follow. If Thomas was lucky, he would talk Guppy into driving through the carwash ("Mr. Wishy Washy"), which delighted this 4-year-old like no other! 

Thomas grew up the youngest of three children and was perfectly content to tag along to his older siblings' many activities. Ever the social butterfly, Thomas would work the crowd on the sidelines, charming Cheetos and juice boxes out of soccer moms from both teams. 

As a youngster, Thomas was happiest camping, hunting with the big guys, and enjoying family gatherings with his many cousins, grandparents, tias, tios, aunts, and uncles. He was most at home exploring nature and spending time with family and friends. Holidays were always special to him because they combined his favorite things-time with family and food. 

Thomas loved to cook and never failed to volunteer his talents for holidays and family gatherings. Proud of his Basque heritage, cooking was a way to share that love with others, particularly through his specialty-paella. He was always thrilled to introduce others to Basque events, food, and culture. 

Thomas graduated from Twin Falls High School, Class of 2015. He ran cross country all four years, particularly enjoying the camaraderie with teammates and the spaghetti feeds. A highlight for Thomas was his senior project when he traveled with the Capstone Mission group to Tijuana, Mexico to work with an orphanage. Thomas had great compassion for people who did not have an easy life and the children there stole his heart. He would have loved the opportunity to return to volunteer at the orphanage again. 

After high school, Thomas attended Boise State University, then University of Idaho, where he joined the Sigma Chi fraternity and studied international affairs; he had a deep interest in politics. This eventually led him to his work at the State Department of Education. Thomas could not have asked for a better cause or a better teamIt was there he learned that a life of public service was his calling. He hoped for a career that would allow him to make a difference in the lives of others. 

Thomas often said the most important thing to him in life was his family; he held them close to his heart and cherished the bonds they shared. Everyone in Thomas's life has been irrevocably changed by how deeply he loved them. Thomas had a warm grin, a dry, quick wit, an easy sense of humor, and a generous heart, which he shared with all. Thomas made friends wherever he went, forging genuine connections with everyone he encountered. 

Full of sunshine and laughter, Thomas had an enthusiasm for life that was contagious. He approached each day with an appetite for adventure and the ability to embrace the world around him. Whether he was tending his plants, sharing stories, or simply enjoying the beauty of everyday moments, he consistently immersed himself in the richness of life's experiences. Though his absence will be felt forever, he leaves behind a legacy of love, friendship, and fond memories that will be held dearly by those who were fortunate enough to have known him. 

Thomas was preceded in death by his grandmother, Janice "Amuma" Jayo; his grandfather, Thomas "Guppy" Tappen; and his much-loved Aunt Diane Tappen. 

He is survived by father, Joseph Jayo; mother, Cammie Jayo; brother, Ander (Carley) Jayo; sister, Annemarie Jayo (Eric Stokes). 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation in Thomas's honor. 

Until we meet again, Sweet Thomas... 

Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am, Thursday, April 4, 2024, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 2612 W State St, Boise. A Celebration of Life will follow at 2:00 pm, at the Basque Center, 601 W Grove St., Boise.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Thomas’ memorial webpage at

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Service Schedule

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Thursday, April 4, 2024

Starts at 11:00 am (Mountain time)

St. Mary's Catholic Church

2612 W State St, Boise, ID 83702

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Celebration of Life

Thursday, April 4, 2024

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