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Thomas Borger Thomas Stanley Borger, 82, passed away peacefully at his home in Morro Bay on March 8, 2015. A Morro Bay resident since 1979, Tom was originally born and raised in Fresno, Calif. He was born in November, 1932, to Alex and Anna Borger. His family owned a grocery store where, after attending meat cutting school, he became a butcher there. He was a graduate of Roosevelt High School and also attended Fresno State. Tom served in the military and was stationed in Germany for two years during the Korean War. After a nine year courtship with Darlene Horch, they were finally married on July 31, 1965. They made their home in Kerman, Calif., where they farmed their grape vineyards for 15 years. In October 1973 they welcomed their only child, Helene. After moving to the coast, Tom worked for San Luis Obispo County, first on the Tree Trimming Crew and then on the Road Maintenance Crew where he was the lead crew manager. He loved the theater, and volunteered with Darlene as an usher at the Cal Poly Spanos Theater and then at the PAC after its opening in 1996. He served as a floor captain for ten years there and was on the steering committee of the PAC. He also volunteered numerous years backstage and as a member of the Board of Directors to the Civic Ballet of San Luis Obispo, with whom his daughter still performs today. He is survived by his wife, Darlene; daughter, Helene Dinsmoor (Bruce) of Morro Bay, and his very favorite person in the world, his granddaughter, Marisa. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Gene Borger, and sister, Frances Hogan. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, March 20, at 11:00am at Benedict Rettey Mortuary in Morro Bay, with burial following at Cayucos Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Dinsmoor's home in Morro Bay. Donations may be made in his name to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, the Cal Poly Performing Arts Center, or to the Civic Ballet of San Luis Obispo. Sign his guestbook at
Published in San Luis Obispo County Tribune on Mar. 15, 2015.
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March 19, 2015
Darlene, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May the strength of family and friends get you through this difficult time.
With sympathy and love,
Joshua Bergren and your Morro Bay Wells Fargo family
Joshua Bergren
March 18, 2015
We are so sorry to lose another classmate. However, we are glad to have known Tom and have good memories from High School.
Gladys and Bob Rose
March 16, 2015
Dearest Darlene,
My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time. I have attempted to contact you in the past without success. Sorry the connection is made at this time of loss. My mother died with Alzheimer's so I understand how long and painful your journey has been.
Remembering our days in the Fresno City College Library and your on and off relationship with Tom I am pleased to know you have had so many years together and produced a wonderful child.
May your time of sorrow be filled with good memories and promises of brighter days.
In Deepest Sympathy,
Betty Desmond
Betty Desmond
March 15, 2015
Darlene and Helene-So said to read about Tom's passing in this morning's Trib. What a great guy he was. And how blessed the PAC and Civic Ballet were to have him in their mists. I always enjoyed seeing all of you at the many theater and dance events we all attended together. And what fun it was seeing Helene grow up on the stage. God's blessings to you both from Judy and I.
Peter Wilt
March 15, 2015
Tom was a good man and a true friend. For several years Tom was part of the "Old guys coffee club" at Margie's Diner, Fred's, and the Hungry Fisherman in Morro Bay. I remember well the stories Tom told and his dry sense of humor. He will be missed by all, A true friend. Rest in peace and God bless you.

Gerry Coffee
Eureka, MT
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