Thomas Charles Colton, 68, of Naches died at his home on Thursday, April 25, 2013, after a long battle with cancer.
Tom Colton was born Feb. 1, 1945 in Knox County, Mo., the son of Murl W. and Mary Ellen (Guffey) Colton.
In 1968 he married Slyvia Martini in Seattle. They later divorced. He later married Loraine Crawford in Sunnyside.
Tom attended grade school in the Price community, south of Gorin, Mo., and graduated from Gorin High School in 1963.
He was a member of the 50 year graduation class that will be honored in October at the Gorin alumni banquet. After high school,. Tom served in the U.S. Army both in the U.S. and Europe.
Tom worked many years as general plant manager of P.W. Plastic and Pipe in Sunnyside.
Tom was an avid RV-er and camper and lover of the mountains and lakes of the great Northwest. His quick wit and humor will be missed by many.
He is survived by his wife, Lorraine; one son, Ray (Christa) Colton of Yakima; one daughter, Cheri (Devin) Adams of Yakima; grandson, Josh and granddaughter, Taylor Colton of Yakima, and grandson Colton Adams of Yakima; sisters, Ruth Ann (Keith) Boyer of Burlington, Iowa, Pat Colton Howard of Zillah and Bonnie (Paul) Rush of Zillah; brother, Jerry (Gloria) Colton of Sunnyside; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Jim Colton and Randy (Butch) Colton; sister-in-law, Amy Tutor Colton; and brother-in-law, Ernie Howard.
As per Tom's request he will be cremated. Family celebration of his life is planned for later this summer. An upcoming Colton family and friends bbq/gathering is to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to any local cancer fund promoting research to help end this dreaded disease.
Neptune Society of Spokane is in charge of arrangements.