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Thomas Galt Lund was born on April 30, 1925 in New York City, New York. He grew up in New Haven, Connecticut with his sister, Joan, and his parents, Alice Galt and Harold Hans Lund.

Tom was passionate about anything with wheels from an early age. Pictures of him from the 1920s and 1930s show boxcars, bikes, and automobiles used to embark on exciting races and adventures with cousins and friends. His fervor for vehicles and speed quickly developed into a lifelong love of motorcycles.

As a young man, Tom was drafted into the United States Army during World War II. While in the service, Tom was a member of the 17th Airborne Division as a paratrooper and a technician, and he fought for this country in Germany and France. After he returned home, Tom attended Stanford University and earned a degree in both Mechanical and Civil Engineering. With that degree, Tom was an engineer at CalTrans for 34 years. In his free time, Tom competed in dirt track motorcycle racing.

In 1955, Tom met the love of his life, his wife, Barbara. They met on January 19th after being set-up by close friends and what was supposed to be just a dinner turned into dancing until 2 am. Tom proposed less than a month later and they were married on April 1st of the same year. Their love for each other is profound and their strength and passion has always been an inspiration to family and friends. Tom and Barbara celebrated their 60th anniversary this year. Together they have three children, Martin, Berton and Marjorie. Additionally, they have many grandchildren and great- grandchildren that all comprise a family who loves them dearly.

Throughout his life, Tom restored antique motorcycles and automobiles which routinely won awards and prizes all over California. Tom loved camping and waterskiing with his family. He was an avid waterskier and ping-pong player and enjoyed playing cards - and winning - with his family.

Tom was, by all marks, an excellent man. Tom had a quick wit that was surprising in its cleverness and his compassionate heart contained a limitless generosity for those less fortunate. He will be immensely missed by his family and friends.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on July 22, 2015
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