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Thomas C. Forthun


1935 - 2010 Obituary Condolences
A Celebration Of Life

Tom Forthun, born in Stillwater, MN in 1935 to Stanley and Clara, passed away on September 2, 2010. As a loving husband, father, brother, friend and adviser, Tom touched countless lives. He taught for 50 years, teaching all subjects, including music, his passion. He retired last year from Bishop Montgomery High School as Band Director. Tom's life as a strong, dedicated man serves as a positive influence to all. In 1953, after high school graduation, Tom left Spring Valley, WI for California to pursue a career as a professional music arranger. He enrolled at Los Angeles Community College, and then enlisted in the US Army. While in the military, he played in the Army Band at Fort Ord, CA. He graduated in 1959 CSU San Diego, BA and in 1970 West Los Angeles School of Law, JD. He was an active member of the Catholic community and in recent years, Tom enjoyed playing trombone with both a swing band and jazz band. Tom is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Marlene; son, Mark; daughters, Monica, Paula, Amy, and Mary; brothers, Richard and Gerald; sister, Mary; and granddaughter, Francesca. Services include a 4-7 pm viewing and 7 pm vigil to be held at Gamby Mortuary, Lomita on Wednesday, September 8, 2010. Funeral mass will be on Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 11:00 am, St. Margaret Mary Church, Lomita. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Casa de los Angelitos, 954 Koleta Drive, Harbor City, CA 90710. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Sept. 8, 2010
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