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Thomas Trainer


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Trainer, Thomas OCEANSIDE/ CARLSBAD Thomas Trainer passed away after a long illness on January 2, 2014 in Carlsbad, CA. He was born in Los Angeles on April 30, 1929. Thomas graduated from Oceanside-Carlsbad High School in 1947. He received his Bachelor's Degree from San Diego State University and a Master's Degree from Chapman University. He joined the Air Force in 1951 and attended Officer Candidate's School, in Colorado, where he and Jean were married. He returned to Oceanside in 1953 and was hired as a teacher for Oceanside Unified School District; where he worked for over 30 years as both a teacher and administrator. In addition, Thomas continued to serve in the Air Force Reserves. During his summers, Thomas also worked for Paul Ecke promoting the poinsettia business throughout the US and Canada and was an avid horticulturist. In 1975, after 22 years, Thomas retired at the rank of Major from the Air Force. After retirement from Oceanside Unified School District in 1984, he was elected to the Oceanside School Board and worked on the Expulsion Committee for many years. During his retirement, he and Jean operated Spicer Shaggy Dog Grooming Shop and continued to raise and show champion dogs. Thomas was a devoted husband, father and educator. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean; and survived by his daughter, Holly (Tom); son, Trent (Nancy); grandchildren, Bailey, Devin, Torey, Chase, Julia, Travis, Jason, Jessica, Ashley (Brian) and great- grandchildren, Hailey and Madison. He will be missed greatly by all who knew him. A graveside service with military honors will held on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. at Eternal Hills Mortuary (Sunset Slope) Oceanside, with a celebration of life immediately following at his daughter's house. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Teri Inc. (www.teriinc.org). Please contact Kimmy Roberts at 760-721-1706.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Jan. 14, 2014
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