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Tom passed away on December 28, 2020 at the age of 83 after several months of declining health problems. He was born and raised in Winona, Minnesota, the fifth of six children.
At age 17 he enlisted in the Air Force serving four years. Upon discharge he moved to California. He established a career in the transportation industry and took early retirement at age 57.
After learning about Sun City, he relocated here in 1999. An avid golfer, he played over 200 rounds a year. He served as president of the Sun City Hospitality Club for two years. He was well known among golfers as he served on the South Golf Course Greens Committee for seven years; on the Golf Advisory Board for six years; and as Vice President and then President of the Sun City Men’s Golf Association. For many years after that he organized many golf tournaments for the Sun City Men’s Golf Association.
He is survived by daughters, Ellen Laak-Kelley, Loomis, CA and Jenny Thomas, New Braunfels, TX, brother John (Jack), Sun Lakes, AZ, sisters Jeanne, June and Shirley and two granddaughters Marissa and Megan Kelley, Loomis, CA. He is loved and will be missed.