Thomas W. Conant

Thomas W. Conant
Feb. 15, 1953 - Nov. 29, 2013
Resident of Santa Cruz
Tom Conant was born in Nevada, and grew up in Tacoma, Washington, where he lived with his eight siblings and two parents. After graduating from Bethel High School in 1971, he hitch-hiked across the US, and sold his car for a ticket to Barcelona. He spent the next six months traveling Europe and working on a luxury yacht in Pereas. After returning to the States, he came to California, where he enlisted in the Army. He worked as an illustrator and motion picture photographer at Fort Ord for 3 years (shooting cameras in lieu of guns). He met his wife, Ikuyo, at a Halloween dance at Monterey Peninsula College. They married and moved to Santa Cruz to attend UCSC. After the graduation, they moved to Ikuyo's hometown of Numazu in Japan. In Japan, Tom worked as a technical writer for Toshiba, pursued his dream of photojournalism, and was an avid scuba diver. After two years, they returned to the States and he found his calling as a teacher, working with Santa Cruz City Schools' adult education program for over 20 years. After his second daughter was born, Tom took up painting and film-making, and is the writer of several scripts, one of which was made into the short film 'Julian's Garden'. His passion for the arts and teaching stayed with him for all of his years. His kindness, gentle nature and enthusiasm for making a difference will be missed and remembered by many.
Tom passed on to his next journey surrounded by loving family, music, and immense support. He is survived by his wife, Ikuyo, and his two daughters, Ailin and Myjah. Friends and family are invited to attend his memorial services at the Santa Cruz Veterans Memorial Building on Sunday, January 5th at 11:00 a.m. Please RSVP to Memorial donations may be made to Heartland Hospice of Santa Cruz County.

Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Dec. 22, 2013