CRYSTAL LAKE – Tom Phalin, 59, of Crystal Lake, formerly of Parker, Colo., passed away suddenly Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2012, losing his courageous battle with a long-term disabling illness.|
He was born July 8, 1953, in Rockford. He was a 1971 graduate of Crystal Lake Community High School, where he was active in sports and music, and attended Southern Illinois University.
Passionate about his lifelong career in the surveying industry, he retired as project manager for Western States Surveying and Engineering in Parker, Colo., in 2008 because of his illness.
Tom resided in Crystal Lake until moving to Colorado in 1983. He was a resident of Parker until his retirement. Tom loved adventure and obtained his solo flying license before the age of 16.
His greatest love was sailing. He spent much of his time at the Frisco, Colo., marina on Lake Dillon with his sailboat, C'est la Vie.
An avid outdoorsman, he frequented the Colorado Rockies, skiing, hiking, four-wheeling and camping.
All visits to Tom were accompanied by the wonderful music of Les Paul, Frank Sinatra and many others. He was a talented cook and provided many a feast for friends and family.
Tom leaves behind his cherished daughter, Kelsey of Colorado Springs, Colo., and her fiance, Justin Wilson of Littleton, Colo.; his close friend and mother of their daughter, Lorin Phalin of Frisco, Colo.; parents, Donald and Arline Phalin of Crystal Lake; brothers, Tim Phalin of Crystal Lake and Michael (Andrea) Phalin of Harrisburg; sisters, Lori Phalin of Crystal Lake and Deborah (Steve) Moen of Oswego; nephews, Connor and Cooper Phalin of Harrisburg, Ryan (Tara) Moen of Geneva and Christa Phalin of Marquette, Mich.; and great-niece, Ava Moen. He also is survived by his faithful and lifelong friends, David Jennings of Woodstock and William Sather of Lone Tree, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his infant son, Brian; sister, Sandra Phalin; and nephew, Joel Moen.
His family would like to extend a special thanks to the supportive assistance and staff of Amedysis Home Health of Crystal Lake and Oswego, Crystal Pines and Springs of Crystal Lake Rehabilitation Centers, Dr. Joseph Fojtik, Dr. Robert Maleki and nurse Terri; Dr. Aleksander Videnovic at Northwestern University Medical Center Movement Disorders Program, Heartland Medical Supply and recently the physicians and staff of Dreyer Medical Clinic, Oswego, and give special thanks to his caregiver, Valerie Young.
A wake visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, followed by a prayer service at 2 p.m. at Davenport Funeral Home, 419 E. Terra Cotta Ave. (Route 176), Crystal Lake. Interment will be private.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at davenportfamily.com.
For information, call the funeral home at 815-459-3411.
Published in the Northwest Herald on Oct. 12, 2012