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Thomas Allen Naught


January 9, 2019

Thomas Allen Naught died at the young age of 64 on Dec. 29, 2018, after a hard-fought battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. He was beautiful and complex, and if you knew him you probably had an opinion about him-and he definitely had one about you.

There aren't enough words to capture him, and he lived many lives in his short one on this planet: Thomas grew up on his family's ranch in Bickleton; served in the army and was awarded for his accuracy shooting surface-to-air missiles; bartended; owned his own plumbing and construction business in Sacramento, California; graduated from The Evergreen State College, performed in community theater in Olympia, Washington; studied drama therapy at NYU; worked with troubled youth in San Francisco; mined in the tunnels of Arizona; "chased cattle" at his sister's ranch in Nevada; and was building a tiny home in Portland, Oregon, at the time of his passing...just to name a few. Thomas strove to be of service and fought for social and environmental justice. Many choices made in his rambling life reflected this.

Thomas was greatly loved and is deeply and wholeheartedly missed by his partner, Linea King, and his daughters: Renée Tommila, Hillary Naught, and Katherine Van Zanten. He was the most engaging and playful Papa T to his grandchildren: Dominic, Lincoln, Shea, Pepper, Sonora, and Tallulah. He is also missed by his siblings Kitt Tallman, Edna Nygard, Fred Naught, and Peggy Woodard; their spouses and children. Thomas was preceded in death by his wife, Kelly Dancear. Services will be held in the spring in Bickleton, date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon in his honor. Lastly, Thomas was first on the lung transplant list when he died. Please be an organ donor.


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