Age 65, passed away June 10, 2013, at his home. He was born September 20, 1948 in Artesia, California, to Gordon and Margret Parenteau. Thomas was also know to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren as Poppy, Big Bear by his grandson Jared who is known as Little Bear, and Marshmellow Papa by his wife, Linda because he was too easy.
Thomas and Linda were married 20 years and together have three children, three step-children, twelve grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
Thomas lived in Eureka, and Loleta, California and Sutherlin, Oregon. He joined the Army in 1966 and served three tours of duty in Vietnam and received numerous medals including Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He worked for Pacific Bell in California for 22 years after completion of his military service. He enjoyed reading, football, golf, cooking, surfing the web, playing with his grandchildren and controlling electronics. He also spent time camping, fishing, boating and picnicking. His grandchildren and his family were very important in his life. Thomas was also involved with Point Man Ministries.
Thomas is survived by his wife, Linda; mother, Margret Parenteau; daughters and spouses: Nicole Parenteau and Robert Gonzales; Christina Parenteau; son and spouse: Tommy Parenteau Jr. and Bianca Parenteau; stepdaughter; Elysia Sovereign and partner AJ Anderson; Anna and Mike Henderson; stepsons: Brian Kelsey; Dale Sovereign and partner Susie Larsen; grandchildren: Robert; Kimberly; Jennifer; Derrick; Brandon; Johnny Ray Jr; Alicia; Jared; Jaremi; Justin; and Christy; great-grandchildren: Tommy; Brian Jr. Kelsey; Damion; Sativa; Sarina; Harlen; and Jessica. Thomas is also survived by three sisters: Yvonne Brown and her husband Barry of Hinchie, California; Julie and Richard Rhiensmith and Rebecca Parenteau, along with three brothers: Gerald; Timmy; and Paul and his wife Donna; and numerous nieces; nephews; and cousins. Friends Mark Winders; Charlie Masterfield; Don Felciano; Bill Duck; The Rez (Loleta); Tom Panetta; and Kevin S.
He was preceded in death by his father, Gordon Parenteau.
A celebration of Thomas’ life will be held 1 p.m., Saturday, August 3, 2013, at his home 113 Montclair Drive, Sutherlin, Oregon. Donations in Thomas’ honor may be made to DAV, Homeless Veterans, or Food for Children.
Special thank you to the Sutherlin Fire Department paramedics for trying so hard.
Please visit www.sutherlinchapeloftherosesfh.com to leave the family fond memories and condolences.