Evans Funeral Chapel - Anacortes
1105 32nd Street
Anacortes, WA 98221
(360) 293-3311
Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019
7:00 PM
St. Mary Catholic Church
Mass of Christian Burial
Friday, Jan. 18, 2019
11:00 AM
St. Mary Catholic Church
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1951 - 2019 Obituary Condolences
October 25, 1951 -
January 10, 2019

Thomas Paul Batz, 67, of Anacortes, passed away on January 10, 2019 from Multiple Myeloma.

He was born in Otterbein, Indiana on October 25, 1951, to Paul and Kathleen (Harrington) Batz. Tom graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1970, and in October 1970 enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served three tours of duty aboard the USS RANGER and was honorably discharged in 1974.

He met Dianne in 1976 while visiting friends in Oak Harbor, WA. They managed a two-year long-distance relationship while Tom received his Associates Degree in Heating, Air-Conditioning and Industrial Refrigeration from Indiana Vocational Technical Institute. He graduated in March 1976 and with a new job waiting for him in Oak Harbor, and they loaded his 1976 Monte Carlo and made the trip across country. Tom is said to be related to everyone in two counties in Indiana, and so the decision was made to marry at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Otterbein. Dianne's family made the trip to Indiana for the July 22, 1978 wedding and endured the 104 degree day in long sleeves and a polyester tux.

In 1980, he was laid off and went to work with his father-in-law Gene Loper to build greenhouses for Skagit Valley Gardens in Mount Vernon. On December 22, 1980, Tom began a 32-year career with Island Hospital. In his position as the Director of Plant Operations, he played a behind the scenes role seeing the facility grow from 35,000 sq. ft in 1980 to the over 250,000 sq. ft facility it is today. He always referred to the hospital as "his hospital" and took great ownership and pride in work accomplished by the Engineering staff.

Tom was a devoted Catholic Christian man, and taught junior and senior high youth for 17 years at St. Mary Catholic Church and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his wife Dianne, sons Michael (Jennifer and their children Andrew and Brielle), Steven (Lindsey) and Patrick (Stephanie Young), sisters Mary Kathleen Batz, Patricia (Tom) Georges, and Rita (Phil) Cobb, brothers John (Andrea), and Joseph, nieces Katie (Tom) Brodie, Abby, Maggie and nephews Dan and Sam. He is also survived by Dianne's side of the family: parents Margaret and Gene Loper, sister Joanne (John) Parmley and nephews Simon (Lenka) and Ian.

A Rosary Vigil will be held at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, January 17, 2019 at St. Mary Catholic Church with a time of memory sharing to follow.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 18, 2019, at St. Mary Catholic Church with burial to follow with full military honors at Grand View Cemetery. A reception will follow the graveside service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Tom's name, may be made to Hospice of the NW or the Swedish Cancer Institute.

Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory Inc., Anacortes and the San Juan Islands.

To share memories of Tom, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com
Published in Anacortes American and Skagit Valley Herald from Jan. 13 to Jan. 16, 2019
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