Thomas Edward "Tom" Harms (June 24, 1954 - September 21, 2013)

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"Tom" Edward Harms was born on June 24, 1954, in San Diego, California, to CJ and Pat Harms.

He died of a sudden heart attack September 21, 2013, in Port Townsend.

Tom was the eldest of three children and grew up in Seattle, Washington, where he graduated from Kennedy High School in 1972, and the University of Washington with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1977. He later received his MBA from Colorado State University.

Tom married Carol Gould Harms in 1978 in Kelso, Washington. Together, they have three children, Phillip Harms, Paul Harms and Karen Harms Park.

Tom committed his life to Jesus Christ and lived a life that reflected his love of God and of his family. He daily demonstrated consistency, commitment and compassion. However, it is entirely through the grace and work of Jesus Christ that Tom now finds himself in heaven with the Lord.

Tom had a 36-year career in the pulp and paper industry working for Longview Fibre, Potlatch Corporation, Clearwater Paper and finally at Port Townsend Paper, where he was pulp mill superintendent. He lived in Longview, Washington; Lewiston, Idaho; Duluth, Minnesota; and Port Townsend. Tom loved being active and the outdoors.

Tom is survived by his wife, Carol; his sons, Phillip and Paul Harms; and his daughter and her husband, Karen and Jay Park. Also surviving are his parents, CJ and Pat Harms; his parent-in-laws, Chuck and Gerry Gould; his brother, Dave (Cindy) Harms; his sister, Caye (Scott) Conner , his brother-in-law, Chuck (Jan) Gould Jr.; his sister-in-law, Janet (Bill) Mock; Paul Harms' fiancee, Courtney Stutzman; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Tom will be held at Calvary Community Church, 82 Romans Road, Port Townsend, on Thursday, September 26, at 1 p.m.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Sept. 25, 2013
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