Thomas Michael Coleman (1954 - 2017)

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Thomas Michael Coleman passed away peacefully from complications related to liver cancer Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at his home in Harriman, surrounded by his husband and close friends.
He arrived in this world Jan. 21, 1954, in Moscow, Idaho, the first of three children born to Donna and James Coleman. Tom graduated from Capital High School in 1972 and was a member of the state championship tennis team that year. From there he went to the University of Idaho where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He graduated with a degree in business and finance in 1976 and started his career in the banking industry working for Idaho First National Bank in Boise, Idaho. He spent his entire career in banking, dedicating 36 years of service and retiring in 2012 from US Bank.
On March 22, 1980, he married Elizabeth Lejardi, Homedale, Idaho, whom he met on a co-ed softball team. They raised two beautiful girls, Michele Lauer (Coleman), born April 12, 1981, and Nicole Coleman, born June 11, 1984, in Boise, ID. Family was very important to Tom. His two girls were his pride and joy, and he enjoyed attending nearly every school program and athletic event his girls were involved in, and all the important milestones throughout their lives. He raised his girls with a strong Basque culture and Catholic faith. He also was a very proud and dedicated grandparent of two grandsons, Carter and Evan Lauer.
In 2003, he met the love of his life, Russ Sutton, and moved to Naples, Fla., where they built a house on acreage. Together, Tom and Russ continued to work on the property creating a paradise of lush vegetation and gardens. Tom and Russ had many adventures and built a thriving business together which won them an award for their service to others. Tom and Russ traveled to exotic regions of the world including South America, the Galapagos Islands and the Azores. Tom learned to scuba dive, hang glided and even parachuted on his 60th birthday. Towards the last few years of his life, Russ and Tom moved to Harriman, where they fell in love with the area and its rich history. They spent a lot of their time renovating an 1890s Victorian home to its original historic beauty.
Tom was a passionate alum of the University of Idaho, serving in numerous positions for the alumni and booster associations. He was also very active in the Boise community, serving on the board of Capital City Kiwanis and the Capital Soccer Club as the club's treasurer. Tom later became the chairman of the historical neighborhood in Harriman, organizing and planning events to further help in the restoration of the district as well as his and Russ' house. Tom was very committed to helping others and the community to thrive, and by example taught those around him the meaning of unconditional love, kindness and respect. Tom had only two unfulfilled items on his bucket list when he passed under the care of his husband Russ.
Tom was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Donna Coleman; his aunt, Joan Barber; two uncles, Robert Coleman and William Bremmer; and sister-in-law, Marilyn Coleman.
He is survived by his husband, Russ Sutton; two daughters, Michele Lauer (Erich) and Nicole Coleman (Courtney); his father, James Coleman; two brothers, Dick Coleman (Shirleen) and Don Coleman (Becky); two grandsons, Carter and Evan Lauer; and numerous nephews and nieces.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday Nov. 9, at Davis Funeral Home, Harriman. A Rosary service will follow at 6 p.m. The funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday Nov. 10, at Blessed Sacrament Church, Harriman. A reception will be held at the church following the funeral Mass. Father Michael Sweeney will be officiating the services. The family wishes to thank the staff at Amedysis Hospice for their kindness and care they provided Tom. Many heartfelt thanks to Coleene, Claudia, Lynn, Alyse, Linda and Elizabeth for their assistance and love during Tom's last days. Davis Funeral Home, Harriman, is in charge of arrangements. An online register is available at
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Published in Roane County News on Nov. 7, 2017