Tom Durnell


Tom Durnell, 65, died of injuries sustained in a March 2014 mudslide in Oso, Wash.

Tom Durnell was retired. His wife, Debbie Durnell, was at work Saturday when the slide hit, said her daughter, Pam Keller.

He was known for making and selling wood furniture, said Debby Rule, a former Steelhead Drive neighbor. "Anything made of wood, he could do," she said. "He would get orders from people and he made his own furniture."

Durnell grew up in Eugene, Ore., and worked as a stage manager and carpenter for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, and for Intiman Theatre in Seattle, before working as a carpenter in Snohomish, according to the Eugene Register-Guard. He retired shortly after his wedding to Debbie in 2010, said a friend, Carrie Milburn.

Courtesy of The Seattle Times

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So sorry for your loss. May you and your family' find hope in the God of all comfort. 2 Cor 1:3-5

I am sorry for the tragic loss of Tom. Grief is real and painful and most times changes us profoundly. Just remember family and friends that God cares for you personally and he will
provide hope and comfort. He invites you to continue to let him help: . (Jeremiah 29:12) . . .And YOU will certainly call me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to YOU. . .

As owner of Surgent Inc., I gave Tom the task of buying materials, & building the display cabinets for the Everett Comm. College trophy cases, afterwards he told me he was greatly challenged by that, but during it, not a word of stress, he just made it happen, can do kind of guy. Always a kind word,good time, and sincere. I enjoyed Tom more than I realised, what a great man Tom was, & is. Love ya Tom, Bob

Prayers go out to Tom Durnell's surviving family and friends may the God of comfort continue to bless you and yours. 2 Cor. 1:2,3.

I miss Tom, I really liked his friendliness and great smile and laughter. I worked with Tom at Surgent Inc. doing finish carpentry. He was the kind of person you enjoyed being around and hearing funny stories. The Father's great love be with you. Fred

To the Durnell Family: My family and I join our nation in our heartfelt condolences for your loss; we will keep this family in our thoughts and prayers as you try to recover from such a devastating experience. May your faith in God and in his promises help you to patiently await reuniting with Tom and enjoying eternal blessings when "God's Kingdom comes and his will is done on earth." Remembering Tom Durnell and the joy he brought to those around him!

Please know we sorry for your loss. He was a kind man with a beautiful smile.

Debbie, I only met you a few times country dancing. Tom was the best dancer and spent 10 years trying to teach me. I tried to teach him to ride so he could rope and ride. My horse went left and up a steep bank and when I turned around Tom was about 15 feet above me on a lookout. I was so happy when he met you. Anyone could see how happy he was too. I feel he will always be above us on that lookout, watching over you and his many, many friends. Sherry Nelson