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On April 13, 2017, Thomas (Tom) J. Earley, passed away peacefully at the age of 81 from heart failure. The son of James Lynn and Rita Elva Earley, Tom was born in 1935 in San Francisco, California. After his family moved to Stockton, California, Tom attended St. Agnes Grammar School, St. Mary's High School, Stockton College and Sacramento State University. Tom was a Veteran of the U.S. Army, stationed in Fort Lewis, Washington. The San Francisco native retired to Magalia in 1998 after a 37-year career as a Right-of-Way Agent with the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans), Division of Highways.

Tom was a historian of all things California and was an active member of Los Californianos, a group dedicated to the preservation of Alta California's Heritage. Tom's ancestors trace back to the Spanish Expeditions of 1776 led by Juan Bautista de Anza and founded the early settlements of California. Tom was also a member of Paradise Post 259 of the American Legion and was an avid trains, planes and automobile buff.

Tom is survived by his beloved spouse of more than 46 years, Anna, their son Daniel, his wife Edna, and their three sons, Jack, Max and Luke of Redondo Beach, CA; their son James and his wife Laurie, of Chico, CA., daughter Sheila Creel, her husband Ron and their daughters, Caroline and Mary of Seattle, WA., son Michael, of Valdez, AK., his only sister Marilyn, her husband Dean Park and their three daughters, Catherine, Margaret and Suzanne of Sacramento, CA; and cousin Muriel Cabral of Walnut Creek, CA.

A vigil will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Chapel of the Pines Funeral Home in Paradise, CA. A Mass will be held Friday April 21, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Paradise with burial at Sutter Cemetery in Sutter, CA at 2:00 p.m.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Apr. 20, 2017
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