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Villalobos, Tom ESCONDIDO -- Tomas Andres Villalobos, a teacher, artist, and lifelong Escondido resident, died at home November 16, 2012 after a battle with metastatic melanoma of the eye. He was 56. Tom was born in Escondido and graduated from Valley High School and UC Davis. He worked as a substitute teacher in five school districts: Escondido Union High School, San Marcos, Vista, Valley Center, and Poway. Tom was a person of remarkable kindness, creativity, and humor who had a contagious enthusiasm for life and a gift for friendship. An avid reader and conversationalist, he loved travel and discovering exotic restaurants. He faced his battle with cancer with strength and grace. Tom will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by his family and a large circle of devoted friends. A gifted and prolific artist, Tom created whimsical drawings, graceful ceramic works, and stunningly original dioramas that are treasured by his family and friends. As Tom worked on ceramics in his garage, neighborhood children often stopped by, and he patiently instructed them on the art of making pots. Tom also studied martial arts at Hidden Valley Kung Fu and kicked up his heels doing West Coast swing dancing with Gary & Marjorie Dance Club and ballroom dancing with Mel Carrillo Dance. Tom is survived by his beloved wife, Marianne Ruegsegger; his parents, Ralph and Maria Villalobos; sisters, Maria Cecilia (Michael) Escobedo and Diana Villalobos; and four brothers, including Lupe R. Villalobos and Chencho Villalobos. Tom was a devoted uncle to nephews, Christopher (Tacey) Villalobos, Mario (Shana) Villalobos, Michael Paul (Ludo Mifsud) Escobedo, David Escobedo, Joey (Yayoi Tsutakawa-Chinn) Angeloni, and Michael (Kellen) Angeloni; and to great nephew, Charlie Villalobos and great niece, Olivia Escobedo-Mifsud. Tom was close to a large number of extended family members, including cousin Julio (Linda) Gonzales, and many dear and cherished friends. Tom loved cats and always had a house full of feline friends. He will be missed by Shuppi, Krypto, Fujow, Chuey, Chapati, Kyoko, Zena, and Kiwi. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, December 1, at the Escondido Elks Lodge, 2430 S. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. An informal graveside service will be at 10 a.m., Monday, December 3, at Oak Hill Memorial Park, 2640 Glenridge Road, Escondido. Sign the Guest book online obits.nctimes.com

Published in U-T San Diego from Nov. 29 to Nov. 30, 2012
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