Tom passed away peacefully on September 17, 2018, in Santa Barbara, surrounded by his immediate family.
After completing a degree in Structural Architecture from Texas A&M University, Tom took a commission with the Navy, and completed two tours with the Seabees as a 2nd Lieutenant. Next came a degree in Photography from Brooks Institute, Santa Barbara, after which Tom spent his professional life as an artist specializing primarily in printmaking and oil painting. His interest in design also led to his 30 year membership in the Santa Barbara Bonsai Club.
His family life revolved around his wife, Patricia, and son, Michael. Tom devoted many years working with his wife on her teaching projects at De Anza Middle School and Ventura High School, which included both the visual arts and dance productions. Tom was active in his son’s involvement with the Santa Barbara Swim Club, AYSO Soccer, and the Boy Scouts. Some of Tom’s favorite activities included biking, camping, backpacking, hiking, gardening, long daily neighborhood walks, the Solvang Festival Theater, and watching lots of soccer!
Tom was a highly respected artist, exhibiting from San Francisco to Los Angeles. He had a keen intellect, and was an imaginative, creative thinker. He was always motivated by possibility and willing to take creative risks. Tom was a kind and generous man who will be deeply missed by his community of family and friends.
Tom is survived by his wife, Patricia, his son, Michael, his brother Don, his sister Patti, and their families.
A CELEBRATION of LIFE MEMORIAL will be held for Tom on Saturday, November 3, 2018, 3pm – 5pm in The Fellowship Hall at Trinity Lutheran Church, 909 N La Cumbre Rd, Santa Barbara.Should family and friends desire, donations may be made to: The American Heart Association; The Santa Barbara Bonsai Club; Cottage Hospital, SBCHF (Neurological Fund). Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.