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Thomas Clayton Shore, of Olivehurst, passed away as a result of a tragic accident in the early morning of March 21, 2015. He was just shy of his 40th birthday.

Born on March 29, 1975 in Mattoon, Illinois, to Edward and Pamela (Morgan) Shore, Tom attended elementary school in Colfax and attended Lindhurst High School in Olivehurst.

Tom came from a family of adventurous and enduring people. His paternal grandmother, Evelyn Berglund Shore, ran a trap line 280 miles north of Fort Yukon, Alaska in the early 1900's with her two sisters and mother. Tom was always proud of the book she wrote documenting her memories of the courage they gained, and the hardships they endured while living in the frozen wilderness.

Tom had an infectious smile, and an adventurous soul, which took him to many places. He embraced and lived life in the Rainbow way. He was looked up to as a Shanti Sena, which is a Sanskrit word for Peace Doers. Tom was also a member of the Poo Frog Ranch Conservation, an open door community located near Clipper Mills.

Recently Tom became a member of E Clampus Vitus - ECV, but he was not just another red shirt. Tom was always one of the first to donate his time to their many charitable causes, one of his proudest moments was carrying the American Flag through the parade with his brothers. He had also recently become involved in volunteering for the Yuba-Sutter Toy Run.

Tom had an abundance of friends who will hold his memory dear to their hearts. Tom was full of life, laughter and love. He led a simple, spiritual lifestyle. Always generous, he would give his last dollar away to anyone who needed it. Tom was a prime example that once outside the money system we encounter the most generous human natures.

Left to mourn his unexpected passing are his loving mother Pamela, his brother Andrew and his children Greg, Mariah, Dakota and A.J., and his sister, Caledonia Montoya and her children Ryan, Faith, Emily and Christopher.

Tom is also survived by two sons, Mathew Shore and Randel Smith, and his four youngest children, Kendra, Katie, Tommy Jr. and Juliet Shore, whom he loved with all of his heart. He was preceded in death by his father Edward.

Tom would also want mentioned his "mutually adopted" family; Shelby, Colleen, Jamie and Jessie Stewart, who will all miss him greatly, as he had become a very special part of their family.

If a man's riches are measured by the lives he touched and the impact he left on those who loved him, then Tom was by far one of the richest men we knew.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Mar. 28, 2015
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