Thomas M. Pagnano
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May 23, 1952
April 30, 2012
Tom was called home on April 30, 2012 due to complications from his battle with cancer. He was born in New York and moved to California when he was eight, graduating in 1970 from Mt. Pleasant High School, San Jose. Tom attended San Jose State, transferred to Humboldt State, receiving a degree in Range Management in 1977.
Tom fell in love with Nevada while working for the BLM in Winnemucca fighting fires. Thanks to his buddies, Tom joined IBM in 1978. He then worked for Excel Datacom and established Nevada Midrange Systems in the 90's. He later went to work for Dain Rauscher and, in 2003, with Wells Fargo as a Financial Advisor.
Tom's true passions were Rodeo, flying, music and the outdoors. He joined Reno Rodeo in 1985 and was a PRCA Gold Card holder. As first VP of the Reno Rodeo, he was looking forward to taking the reins in August.
Tom learned to fly in 1982 and it became a life-long passion. He joined the Civil Air Patrol in the 90's where he achieved the rank of Lt. Col. He was instrumental in getting the CAP established in their new headquarters at the Reno-Tahoe Airport. Tom loved people and always had a smile, a laugh and an idea. He always stood up for what he believed was right and had a way about him that made you feel like a life-long friend even if you just met him. Tom is survived by his loving wife Julie Gallio, his parents, Gaetano (Tom) and Mary Pagnano, siblings Margaret Ware (Frank) and Bill and his extended family and many friends. He is preceded in death by his brother Larry.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Reno Air Racing Association Hangar 14501 Mt. Anderson St. at 2:30 on Sunday, May 6. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Tom's name to the Reno Rodeo Foundation (renorodeofoundation.org) or the MD Anderson Cancer Center (mdanderson.org) designated to research.
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from May 4 to May 6, 2012