Thomas Paul Vaughan
1952 - 2021
BORN
1952
DIED
2021
Thomas Paul Vaughan, 68, of the Soledad Mission District passed away after a brief illness on Monday, May 17, 2021 with his sons and daughter-in-law by his side. He was born in Salinas on Nov. 22, 1952. Tommy was the second child of eight children born to Paul and Alice Vaughan of the Soledad Mission District.
He attended Mission Union Elementary and Gonzales High School. In 1971 he joined the U.S. Coast Guard. He did his basic training on Alameda Island, and his first tour of active duty in the state of Washington. He was stationed in Monterey Bay while in the Reserves.
He began farming on the family ranch at a young age, and continued farming with his Dad and brothers for most of his adult life.
Growing up in the Mission District with such a big family, there was never a dull moment. As the eldest boy, Tommy led the family in all types of fun and mischief. He and his brothers would spend days outside, when they weren't working, building treehouses, forts, riding bikes and motorcycles all over the place. They made up half of the Mission Acorns little league team!
He loved games, such as Pedro, Cribbage, Backgammon, Yahtzee, cards, you name it. And he was good, often winning, rarely losing. He taught some of his younger siblings (including his sisters) how to throw a ball, how to drive a stick shift and a tractor.
He was an active Mission 4-H and Gonzales FFA member, then later became a dedicated 4-H leader. Tommy was on the Mission School Board of Trustees for several years. He was an active member of American Legion Post 32 in Soledad, where he proudly served for many years.
While the Mission-Soledad community benefitted from these leadership roles, nothing compared to Tommy's BBQ skills. He had a passion for serving his community by barbequing for anyone who needed his help. If you've been lucky enough to have BBQ at the Soledad Mission, Our Lady of Solitude Church, the American Legion, or countless other get-togethers in the area, he was likely there, behind the pit, with his team of skilled grilling buddies to create the best chicken and ribs this valley has ever tasted.
He was an incredibly generous and kind person, with many lifelong friends who meant a great deal to him.
Above all else, Tommy was proudest of his two sons, Nicholas and Zachary. He was a dedicated and involved Dad, who taught his boys values and skills that they will carry throughout their lives.
Tommy was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Alice Vaughan. He is survived by his sons, Nicholas (Sara), Zachary (Ashley), granddaughter (Hailey), and siblings, Janie Headley (Tim), Curtis (Janet), Bill (Marsha), Tim, Nancy (Greg), Kevin (Barbara) and Kerry (John). He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Private visitation will be held at the Soledad Mission Chapel on Thursday, May 27 from 6-8 pm. A funeral mass will be held on Friday, May 28 at the Soledad Mission at 11 a.m. Masks are required.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Soledad Mission, PO Box 515, Soledad, CA 93960 or American Legion Post 32, PO Box 38, Soledad, CA 93960.
Published by Salinas Valley Tribune from May 26 to Jun. 1, 2021.
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Tom and I had lots of good conversations. As Richard Binsacca's neighbor and I would like to think, my friend, he shared his knowledge and we had a good time talking. I'll always remember when my then very young youngest son was entertaining him with his antics while I loaded up irrigation pipe on one of times I bought farm equipment from him. One of the things about being a farmer is that you remember the stories and connections of the various used equipment you have bought to the people who it came from. I miss him.
Grant Brians
Friend
December 9, 2021
I was so unhappy to hear. Of the death of my good friend Thomas Vaughan. I met Tommy a few Years ago. My Father was drafted after Pearl Harbor. Since my Father was in the Air Force. He was later Commander of post 32. like Tommy was. I was never a Veteran. But i wanted to be part of helping our Local Vets. i meet Tommy and offered. My help in selling tickets. The rest is History. i enjoyed working with Tommy. He was a person that was. Easy to work with. He was a Great Commander of The American Legion. But most of all he was a Great Person. To American Legion Post 32 and to Tommy Vaughans family. We lost a Great Man. Tommy is one person that ill allways remember. God Bless John Ordunez
John Ordunez
Friend
June 5, 2021
He was such a great "hugger" because it came from his heart! When I was younger Ray, Danny and I had some of the very best times with Tommy. Sorry he left us so soon.
Kathy Franscioni
Friend
May 26, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Nic, Zack, their families and all of Tommy's siblings and their families. We love and miss you Tommy. xo *photo: Tommy BBQing for his Uncle Bob's 90th birthday.
Matt & Jamie Panziera
Family
May 25, 2021
My sincere condolences to the Vaughn family. I knew Tommy from Mission School. God Bless each of you as you celebrate a life well lived.
Debra Moranda Shaw
Friend
May 25, 2021
Dear Vaughan Family, you have all been in my thoughts and prayers, since I read about Tommy's passing. He was such a great guy and will always have a place in my heart. To Nick, Zach, Tommy's siblings, and cousins, my deepest sympathy to all of you.
Joan Mocettini Shimamoto
Friend
May 24, 2021
Tommy such an amazing man, great neighbor and friend. You will always be in our hearts Tommy. Your visits to see mom and dad were so special. Rest is peace dear friend.
Dear Vaughan family, Our hearts and prayers are with you. May God bless and comfort you.
Joyce Luchessa Camany
Friend
May 24, 2021
Sincerest condolences to the Vaughn family. Tommy and I served together in the Coast Guard reserves in Monterey along with a few other valley folks.
Rich Morgantini
Served In Military Together
May 24, 2021
My heart is broken, I am shocked, saddened and so very sorry to hear of Tommy's passing. Nick and Zac, you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Tommy loved you both and spoke about you often, the two of you were his favorite humans. I'm sorry for your loss, I know how much you both love him. Those who knew him and spent time with him, will forever remember his laughter and that he always made everyone feel included and welcomed. It's hard to imagine life without 'Tommy'. He will forever be a cherished friend. Please lean on the lifetime of memories you have and cherish them, allow them to be what gets you through this very difficult time. I love you both, I am truly very sorry, and I'll continue to think of you and will hold the entire Vaughan family, extended family, & close friends, up in prayer. Love always.... Vin Dibble (Michigan)
Vin Dibble
Friend
May 23, 2021
Uncle Al & Aunt Nina Heaton
May 23, 2021
It was terrible to hear about your loss and We express our sincere sympathy to you and your family
Carl & Vira Uldall
Friend
May 23, 2021
I will miss his hilarious sense of humor, loved his Facebook posts so much! One of kind, from a wonderful Soledad Mission family and a fixture at barbecue pits everywhere
Charm Madden
Friend
May 23, 2021
My deepest condolences to all who are affected by the loss of Tommy.
You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Rest In Peace Tommy Vaughan.
Cindy Enriquez
May 22, 2021
Our hearts go out to all the family. Tommy was a wonderful person and will be dearly missed. May he Rest In Peace.
Dan and Diane Johnson
Dan and Diane Johnson
Friend
May 22, 2021
We always had fun when we were with you. Al has many fond memories of yard sales and just bumming around with Tom.
Al & Nina Heaton
Family
May 22, 2021
I knew Tom years ago when he was a grower for us at Fresh Western Marketing/River Ranch Foods. He was always a good guy and a good grower. RIP, Tom.
Noel Carr, Carmel, CA
Friend
May 22, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. Thank you for being a friend and sharing your BBQing secrets. I will miss you during the many BBQing events this summer. We will love you and miss you always.
Blaz & Maria Garcia
Soledad
Blaz & Maria Garcia
Friend
May 21, 2021
We met only once, Tommy: Two rears ago, cousins who fate divided. Sadly we never really never got to know one another. What I will remember is your warm “hello,” at Janie’s house where we met, and those fabulous jalapeño poppers you made. Thank you for your kindness. And I hope that beautiful pup of yours finds a good home. Our Rainey, also a yellow lab like yours, would welcome a “brother” or “sister”.
John Krause
Family
May 21, 2021
Rest In Peace Much Love Tara & Michael Kesecker
Tara Kesecker
Family
May 21, 2021
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