Thomas ‘Tom’ C. Poole
Longtime Owens Valley resident Thomas “Tom” C. Poole, passed peacefully on July 29, 2013 in Phoenix, Ariz., after a long battle with leukemia. He was 79 years old.
Tom was born Nov. 7, 1933 in a two-room hospital in Lone Pine, to William “Bill” and Bessie Poole. He graduated from Owens Valley High School in 1951. From there he attended San Bernardino Valley College.
He joined the United States Air Force and was stationed in Illinois, where he met and married his bride of nearly 60 years, Lynn. They returned to the Valley in 1957. Tom had a career spanning 36 ½ years with LADWP, during which time he operated Poole Aviation from 1969-1994 and taught aviation and business at Cerro Coso community College for 10 years, all while He and Lynn raised their family. After retiring from LADWP in 1987, he worked as the airport manager at the Bishop airport in Bishop.
Tom was very active in Community Service. He served with the American Legion, 40/8, Boy Scouts of America, Owens Valley Unified School Board, Independence Volunteer Fire Department, Independence Fire Commission, Selective Service board member for Inyo, Mono and Alpine counties, Southern and Northern Inyo Airport Advisory Committees and volunteered for the Bishop Swim Team.
For many years Tom was a winter resident of Yuma, Ariz.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William “Bill” and Bessie Poole.
Tom leaves his wife, Lynn; daughter Terre and her husband Gary Bitters of Lake Elsinore; son, T. Craig Jr. and his wife Lisa Poole of Fresno; daughter, Sheryl and her husband Koby Krick of Phoenix, grandchildren, Mark and his wife Hope Berry, Rachel Berry, and Chris and his wife Melissa Bitters; great-grandchildren, Peter and James Berry and Hailey and Emily Bitters; as well as several loving cousins and a host of friends.
Or in his words, “whoever outlived me.”
Services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 at 10 a.m., at the Pioneer Memorial United Methodist Church, 157 N. Washington St., Independence, CA 93526. Private internment will follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Tom’s name can be made to the Independence Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Drawer B. Independence, CA 93526; Pioneer Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 207, Independence, CA 93526; or Carson and Colorado Railway, P.O. Box 194, Independence, CA 93526.