Thomas Sterling Hamilton
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June 12, 1951 - February 24, 2011
DALLAS - Thomas Sterling Hamilton, 59, a resident of Dallas died at his home Thursday, February 24, 2011. He was born on June 12, 1951 in Santa Paula, California the son of Homer Scott and Irma Boren Hamilton. He attended Briggs Elementary School and graduated from Santa Paula Union High School in 1969. He went on to receive an education and bachelor degree from California State University in criminology. Tom married Maria Ammelrooy on May 19, 1979. He worked for the Semi Valley Police department for many years. They moved to Dallas in 1990 where he worked for the Oregon State Department of Justice in the Attorney General Office. He is currently an investigator for the State of Oregon. He loved a challenge of discovery and sifting through the evidence to find the truth.
Tom loved to rebuild old tractors and restored a 1949 Mack fire truck that has been entered in several parades. He was a board member of the Selective Service since November of 2002. Tom had decided to retire and had 123 days before that goal would have been met. He was past president of the SEIU and very pro active in his stewardship to represent the state employees. Tom was a volunteer fire fighter for the Santa Paula Fire Department for 18, years and played Santa Claus for Santa Paula for 15 years. Playing Santa gave him great joy.
He is survived by his mother, Irma Hamilton of Medford; sister, Lydia Hamilton of Grants Pass and Shelley Haught (Jim) of Central Point; brother, Raymond Hamilton (Wendy) of Keizer; step-son, Steven Van Noy of Citrus Heights, California, along with several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maria in 2006 and his father in 1968.
A funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 1 in the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center followed by burial in the Dallas Cemetery next to his beloved Maria. To leave an on-line condolence for the family go to www.dallastribute.com.
Published in StatesmanJournal on Mar. 1, 2011