Thomas Alan Joynes left for a more beautiful place on September 19, 2013. He passed away in Deer Lodge, Montana while surrounded by that which he loved: the water of a still lake filled with hidden fish, the quiet that comes far from a city, and friends who shared stories. Tom's earthly vessel was cremated, as was his wish.
He was born in Vancouver, Washington on June 20, 1952, and lived most of his life in the Seattle area. He is predeceased by his loving parents Ernest and Rita Joynes, and is survived by his sons Andrew and Geoff Hallauer-Joynes; his sisters Bernadette Fultz and Georgia Marner, both of Longview, Mary Spanner and her husband Bruce of Richland, and Catherine Miller and her husband Terry of Lake Tapps; his nieces and nephews and their children, his cousins and lifelong friends.
Tom, as he was known to his loved ones, attended St. Rose Catholic School, graduated from R.A. Long High School in 1970 and from the University of Washington in 1975. He was a gifted naturalist who loved everything about fly fishing. He had an appreciation for the natural world, both earth and stars, that will outlive him in those he shared his knowledge with. He could identify and tell a tale about a constellation, a mountain, a bird, or a plant. He was a prolific storyteller who painted life with his words. He researched and treasured his family's history. He was a keen photographer. Tom loved books and shared them with generosity and excitement. He was a fanatical supporter of all Husky sports, always cheering for the purple and gold. In his life, Tom walked with long strides down the streets, pathways, and trails of the United States and Europe, finding deep meaning in travel and delighting in the world's cultures. His laugh was large and loud, easily pointing him out in a crowd, and his quiet advice will be remembered by those who received it.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Auburn, Washington.
Published in The Seattle Times from Sept. 24 to Sept. 25, 2013