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Thomas Ashby Laine


1937 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Thomas Ashby Laine
November 20, 1937 - July 22, 2018
Former Mayor of Alviso
Tom died at home with family on Sunday July 22, 2018, at the age of 80, after a long battle with Alzheimer's.
Tom was born November 20, 1937 in San Jose, California to Willis and Yolanda Laine. He grew up in the historic Tilden-Laine house built by his great-grandmother in 1887. In his youth Tom spent much of his time hunting and fishing, which became a lifelong passion. In high school, Tom was a nationally ranked swimmer for the first national team at the Santa Clara Swim Club. He also played football for the Santa Clara High Panthers, he graduated in 1956.
Tom married his high school sweetheart, Beverly, in 1957. They shared 61 years of marriage. Tom served one term as mayor of Alviso from 1961 – 1964. At the time of his election he was the youngest mayor in the Nation. Tom was a member of the South Bay Yacht Club for most of his adult life. He had a significant senior leadership role throughout the years, including serving as Commodore.
Tom was a commercial fisherman most of his life, he was at peace on the bay. His love of fishing led him to open The Bait Shop in Bay Point and Martinez Bait and Tackle at the Martinez Marina. Upon his returned to Alviso in the early 90's, he took over Laine's Baits from Willis. It was the last bait shop he sunk his passion into. Tom enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, taking them out on his boat, and teaching them to hunt and fish.
Tom is survived by his wife, Beverly; his 3 children, Thomas (the late Debbie) Laine Jr, Bart (Dorothy) Laine, and Rebecca (John) Billeci. He is also survived by his 9 grandchildren Mark (Veronica) Laine, Jacob Laine, Kaylin (Kevin) Potgieter, Kyle (Kirsten) Laine, Elizabeth (Tim) Snider, Lindsey (Robbie) Dalla, Ricky Leos, Justin Billeci, and John Billeci Jr; as well as his 7 great-grandchildren, Marcus Laine, Thomas Laine III, Victoria Laine, Kolten Laine, Anna Laine, Avery Dalla and Natalie Snider.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday August 11th at 1:00pm at the South Bay Yacht Club located at 1491 Hope Street, Alviso CA .


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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Aug. 9, 2018
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