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Reverend  Raymond Everett Tobin Sr. Obituary
Reverend Raymond Everett Tobin, Sr.

Rev. Raymond E. Tobin, Sr., youngest of 10 children of the late Rev. Lorris S. and Arbella Tobin was born October 29, 1943, in Arcadia, LA. He departed this life on July 2, 2013. He was a 1962 graduate of Garfield High School in Seattle. Rev. Tobin was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps Reserves in 1968 and then was accepted as a frontline firefighter with the Seattle Fire Department in 1970. He retired in 2000 with the rank of lieutenant from the SFD.

Rev. Tobin served as minister of music for decades at St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church in Seattle and became an ordained minister of the Gospel in 1999. He then answered the greatest, most selfless calling: to serve as pastor at New Light Missionary Baptist Church in Moses Lake, WA.

A gifted pastor, guitarist, singer (some say he sounded like Sam Cooke), husband, father, grandfather, uncle and brother, he loved The Lord. He expressed this by placing God, wife and children first in his life. He was a humble servant of The Lord in his private life and this was further demonstrated by his public service career as a first responder with the Seattle Fire Department. He was greatly respected by his fellow firefighters.

He leaves to mourn his loving and devoted wife Jacqueline E. Tobin and together they have 11 children, 16 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. Rev. Tobin's surviving siblings are Edna Tobin-Lockhart, Gladys Tobin-Kilgore, Marva M. Tobin-Brown, Rev. Dr. Thomas E. Tobin, Sr., and sister-in-law Mrs. Myrtle Tobin. Rev. Tobin's childhood friends who were always there to support him until his departure are Charles Murphy and Harry Jackson.

A Celebration of his life and service to this community will be at 11am, on July 12, 2013, at Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church, 126 15th Avenue, Seattle, WA. Committal services to follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Renton, WA. Rev. Tobin and Mrs. Jacqueline Tobin believe in the continuing education of young people. Therefore in lieu of flowers, it is asked that remembrances be sent to the Seattle Fire Fighters Union, Local 27 Scholarship Fund in memory of Lt. Raymond Tobin.
Published in The Seattle Times on July 7, 2013
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