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Tom Durnell Obituary

Tom Durnell, 65, died of injuries sustained in a March 2014 mudslide in Oso, Wash.

Tom Durnell was retired. His wife, Debbie Durnell, was at work Saturday when the slide hit, said her daughter, Pam Keller.

He was known for making and selling wood furniture, said Debby Rule, a former Steelhead Drive neighbor. "Anything made of wood, he could do," she said. "He would get orders from people and he made his own furniture."

Durnell grew up in Eugene, Ore., and worked as a stage manager and carpenter for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, and for Intiman Theatre in Seattle, before working as a carpenter in Snohomish, according to the Eugene Register-Guard. He retired shortly after his wedding to Debbie in 2010, said a friend, Carrie Milburn.

Courtesy of The Seattle Times
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