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Thomas Benjamin Irwin, age 92, passed away peacefully on December 16, 2013, surrounded by family and loved ones. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and will be greatly missed.
Tom was born on May 4, 1921, in Webb City, Missouri, to Edward Lawrence and Raymonde Kohl Irwin. This was special because it was also his father's birthday.
As his father was a construction worker, Tom moved around a lot while growing up. He graduated from high school in Yakima, Wash.
Tom joined the Army and served at Guadalcanal during World War II. Tom was the recipient of many medals and honors, including the Purple Heart.
After the war, he attended Central Washington University, where he met his future wife, Nettie "Tina" Christine Stuart, on a blind date.
He transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles to finish his studies in physical therapy. He and Tina were married in California on Christmas Day, 1948.
Tom and Tina settled in Seattle, Washington, and raised a family of five children. He built a private practice as a physical therapist and loved his occupation helping people.
He retired once, only to return to work a few years later. He continued practicing as a physical therapist until he was 80 years old.
He was active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and loved to do family history and genealogy. He also loved photography and gardening.
He and Tina retired to Sequim, and it was during this time that his passion for gardening really took hold.
Tom was preceded in death by his wife, Tina; and daughter, Linda; He is survived by his daughters, Gloria (Al) Price and Patty (Roger) Lampley; and sons, Thomas (Candace) Irwin and Dr. Todd (Mary) Irwin. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The family will hold private services.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, 540 East Eighth Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Dec. 22, 2013