Thomas Vaughn Boatwright
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April 19, 1916 - June 10, 2012
Thomas Vaughn Boatwright, 96, a long time Vallejoan and businessman, passed away peacefully at Victoria Board and Care in Vallejo.
Thomas was born in Harrison, Arkansas, the second child of six children of Daniel and Bessie Boatwright. He attended school in Harrison before going to The College of the Ozarks in 1934 on a basketball scholarship. After college, he came to Vallejo in 1937 where he went to work on Mare Island as a ship fitter and then the Mare Island Fire Department where he spent 33 years before retiring as Captain in 1973. During this time, Mr. Boatwright owned and operated Boatwright's Cabinet shop on Maryland Street in the old Foster Lumber yard. He finally retired from cabinet work and closed the business in 1983.
He was an active member of the Vallejo and Oakland Masonic Lodge, the Ben Ali Shiners, Vallejo Elks Club, Local N. 180 Carpenters Union, East Vallejo Little League, Vallejo Horsemen's Association, Sunrise Memorial Cemetery Board, and the Boy Scouts of America. He and his wife Grace, were married for 59 years and spent their leisure time with friends in a very active travel trailer group.
He enjoyed travel with his family and many friends, fishing and camping in the high sierra at Lee Vining Creek, and building a second home at Clear Lake.
He is preceded in death by his wife Grace; his brother, State Senator Daniel Boatwright; sisters, Delila (Billie) Boatwright, Modene Ruff, JoAnn Williams, and Iona Tucker.
He is survived by his daughter, Linda Morgan; son, Gary Boatwright (Debbie); grandchildren, Mike Morgan (Kirsten), Marc Morgan (Rhoda), Brad Boatwright, and Bryson Boatwright; great-grandchildren, Jacob Morgan, Julie Devlin, and Alexis Morgan; eight nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the caregivers at Victoria Board and Care, Julia Krasner, M.D.; Mary Nogoy and family, for their excellent care and compassion.
Visitation is Friday, June 22, from 5 to 8 p.m. Services Saturday, June 23, at 11 a.m., both at Colonial Chapels Funeral Home, 1000 Redwood St., Vallejo. Burial will be at Sunrise Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Shriners Children's Hospital.
Published in TimesHeraldOnline on June 17, 2012