Thomas P. Durnell|
Thomas P. Durnell 65, of Arlington, WA, lost his life in the Oso landslide Saturday March 22. The landslide completely destroyed the home he shared with his wife Debbie, who was at work when the event occurred.
He was born November 3rd 1948 in Eugene Oregon to James R. and Jane B. Durnell. He graduated from South Eugene High School and attended Lane Community College. He worked constructing sets for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, toured as stage manager, and worked for theaters in Minneapolis and Seattle. At mid-career he owned a cabinet/display business, at one point building a replica of a Chinese junk in a restaurant. Nearly 20 years as a member of Central Puget Sound Carpenters Local 30 were spent in finish carpentry. He retired in 2010.
In 2010 he married Debbie Nelson. They lived briefly in Snohomish before moving to the house on Steelhead Drive. He became stepfather to Debbie's 4 children and a delighted and beloved grandfather to 7. One of his great joys was taking his grandchildren to the opera and other cultural events.
Tom was an artist with wood, turning elaborate bowls, building jewelry boxes and other items and doing fine wood work for friends, family and clients. He was an accomplished country dancer, and a gourmet cook. His sense of humor was legendary.
Tom is survived by his wife Debbie, step-daughters Misti (Paul) Long of Everett, Pam (Dustin) Keller of Conway, Bethany Nelson of Oak Harbor, stepsons Brandon (Tara) Young of Mt. Vernon and Nicholas Nelson of Bellingham. He is also survived by his brother Bob (Jan) of Eugene and 7 grandchildren.
A memorial fund to benefit Tom's wife is at http://www.gofundme.com/7ypl4o.
Published in The Seattle Times on Apr. 10, 2014