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Thomas Earl Eldred


December 18, 2019

Thomas Earl Eldred was born July 23, 1948 in Portland, Oregon, to Robert and Margaret Jacob Eldred. He was the youngest of four siblings. His older sister Sally Margaret, was quite disappointed that she didn't have a new sister. Despite the disappointment, she developed a strong bond with her little brother.

Tom grew up along the Columbia River where, in the summer, the river and Government Island were his playground. He loved to hunt, fish, and play sports.

He graduated from Evergreen High School and attended Clark and Central Washington College, where he graduated with a teaching degree.

In 1970 he took his first teaching job in the small rural community of Glenwood in Klickitat County. At first he intended to move on to a larger school where he could coach football, but he remained in Glenwood where he taught school and coached for 41 years. Tom passed away at his home Dec. 9, 2019 from Myelodysplastic syndrome.

He is survived by his wife Laurene; son Dan (Suzanne) of Washougal; daughter Abbie of Kelso; son Jacob (Gina) of Glenwood; and son Tye (Melissa) of Washougal; grandchildren Tanner, Caleb, Nahaleigh, Isabel, Sophia, and Thomas; sister Sheryl (William) Fletcher, Hornby Island British Columbia; brothers Jim (June), Lake Stevens, Don, Pomeroy, Washington; and numerous nieces and nephews who traveled to Glenwood for a memorable Thanksgiving with their Uncle Tom.

A memorial service is planned for later in the spring.

Donations may be made to Providence Hospice of the Gorge or to the Glenwood Homemakers School Fund, PO Box 11, Glenwood WA 98619.


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