MALAD — A longtime Malad businessman was killed in a work-related accident at Thomas Market early Monday morning. 

Oneida County Sheriff’s officials say F. Dennis Thomas, 65, was on a loading dock behind the store at the time of the incident. He was operating a power lift loaded with food when he got too close to the edge and fell off the dock backwards. 

“The dock is about five feet high so the fall was severe,” according to a news release. 

The Oneida County Coroner’s office said Thomas landed on his back and struck his head so he may have been killed in the fall, but it’s unclear because the incident didn’t end there.  

An Associated Food semitrailer was backing into the area when Thomas fell, and he was partially struck by the tires of the trailer, according to the news release. 

Sheriff’s officials say the truck driver didn’t know that Thomas had fallen so the death has been ruled accident.  

Thomas’ funeral has been scheduled for Nov. 16. The services will take place at noon at the Malad LDS Stake chapel, located at 1100 W. 1250 N. Friends will also have a chance to meet with Thomas’ family from 6- to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the same location, as well as 10:30- to 11:45 a.m., prior to the funeral services. Condolences can also be sent to the family at