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THOMAS "TOM" DALTON LATHROP
January 8, 1940 ~ May 14, 2013
Thomas "Tom" Dalton Lathrop, 73, of Washougal, WA, passed away suddenly on May 14, 2013. He was born on Jan. 8, 1940 to Thomas Hiram and Patricia Ann (Dalton) Lathrop in Jackson, MS.
Tom joined the U.S. Navy in 1957 before graduating from high school at age 17. He was a member of the Underwater Demolition Team and was wounded during the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961, which earned him the distinguished Navy & Marine Expeditionary Medal. He served three tours of duty in Vietnam.
Tom's last assignment was to run the Fire Fighting School at Treasure Island, San Francisco and retired from there as Master Chief in 1977. He received the Navy Achievement Medal for leadership and outstanding performance.
He was a pipe fitter for 18 years at the Vancouver Veterans Administration Medical Center, and retired from the Portland VAMC as foreman.
Tom loved restoring anything with a John Deere brand, which included 3 antique John Deere tractors. He was a member of the John Deere 2-Cycle Club and the Oregon GEARS Club. Tom was multi-talented, crafting many fine "works of art" in wood and metal.
Tom is survived by his wife of 28 years, Beth; their daughter, Amanda "Kate" in Washougal; his children, Lee (Bonnie) Lathrop in Des Moines, IA, Kathy (Tom) Allen in Elgin, TX and Russel (Rosalyn) Lathrop in Tyler, TX; several grandchildren; brothers, Larry (Linda) Lathrop in Kernersville, NC and Mike (Patricia) Lathrop in Cranston, RI.
Family will have a gathering at the Lathrop home on June 15th from 1 to 5 p.m. for a celebration of Tom's life.
A friend wrote: He was strong, yet gentle, discerning,
yet understanding and compassionate. He was a man of truth, yet not judgmental. He was highly intelligent, incredibly creative and innovative, yet always seeking knowledge and a better way. His spirit touched so many and profoundly uplifted those
who were able to spend time with him.
Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits.
Published in The Columbian on May 19, 2013