2017-06-15 / Obituaries


Thomas “Tom” Doyle Anderson, 55, passed away on May 16, 2017, from natural causes in Gold Beach, Oregon.

Tom was born on Feb. 22, 1962, in Sierra Vista, Arizona to Raleigh and Margaret Anderson, the fourth of six children. In 1965 his family moved to Stuttgart, Germany and shortly afterwards transferred to Heidelberg, Germany. In 1970, they moved back to the United States and resided in Killen, Texas for two years and then moved to Thousand Oaks.

On July 22, 1989, Tom married Molly McFarland in Thousand Oaks. In 2002 the couple moved to Phoenix, Arizona with their two young sons, Warren and Wyatt. Tom was finishing up a 300,000 sq. ft. industrial building in Oxnard for Waterway Plastics but needed to get construction going on a 500,000 sq. ft. industrial building for Ford Co. in Phoenix. Tom efficiently managed these two full-time jobs as project manager and an interstate commute for over a year.

In 2012, Tom, Molly and the boys moved to Gold Beach, Oregon to care for Tom’s sick mother (“Aunt Margaret”). Although Tom enjoyed a successful career in construction, he dedicated the last five years in Gold Beach to taking care of his mother, Margaret, and also as a stay-at-home father to his two sons.

To nearly everyone who knew Tom he was a “best friend.” Tom encouraged us all to see the good and focus on the positive. More simply, Tom encouraged us to do our best, smile and be happy, despite the tribulations of life.

Tom rarely met a person he did not like or who did not like him. Tom always had a twinkle in his eye, a smile at the ready and he was always willing and prepared to help anyone who asked for, or needed help. Tom had a warmth in his heart that radiated out to us all. Tom loved people and made the world a better place. He was a loving and generous person. Tom is absolutely loved and adored by those who were lucky enough to know him.

A celebration of Tom’s life is planned on Sat., June 17 at 11 a.m. at The Lakeside picnic area of Conejo Creek Park North, 1379 E. Janss Road,Thousand Oaks, with a reception to follow at the Sunset Terrace Restaurant. A prior celebration took place June 10 at Huntley Park, Gold Beach, Oregon.


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