Timothy (Tim) J. Carroll of Vancouver, WA, passed away on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. He was lovingly cared for by the amazing medical staff at VA Portland Hospital in Portland, OR, Prestige Care & Rehabilitation in Camas, WA, and Community Home Health & Hospice, Vancouver, WA. Tim was born to Francis (Bud) and Mary Carroll on October 20, 1948. Tim is survived by his wife Nancy and daughter Sarah Carroll Nash, son-in-law Brandon and two grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings: Pat (Barb), Menlo Park, CA; Ann (Mitch) Portera, Morgan Hill, CA; Kathy Deluna (Frank) and Mary Scott, San Jose, CA; and Neil and Eve Carroll, Vancouver, WA; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Tim is also survived by childhood friends Deborah Anne Durham and Mary Bardell-Mainville. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Tim spent the first seven years in Wappingers Falls, NY, until his father moved the family across the U.S. when IBM opened a manufacturing plant in San Jose, CA. Tim graduated from San Jose High School and enlisted in the US Army in 1967. During his military service, he served two tours in Vietnam where he was awarded two Bronze Star Medals for outstanding meritorious service.
After his military service in 1971, Tim utilized the GI Bill to continue his education and graduated from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA, with a BS in Engineering Technology. Tim continued his love of learning by completing his MS in Computer Science from California State University in Chico, CA, in 2000.
Tim began his work career at ESL (a government contractor) in 1975. One of the projects he worked on has now been declassified and written about in Blind Man's Bluff, which was published in 2008. When he decided to leave ESL, he moved to Spokane, WA when he was hired by Hewlett Packard (HP) as a systems engineer in 1980. Driving to Spokane right after Mt. Saint Helens erupted and seeing the ash along the roadside at first seemed a bad decision. Once he became settled in Spokane, he realized the beauty of the Northwest and purchased his first home. Tim enjoyed a long career at HP in the sales office and then moving to the Division in Liberty Lake, WA, (which later became known as Agilent Technologies), and eventually retired in March 2009. At HP/Agilent Technologies, he was able to travel throughout the Asia Pacific where he discovered his love of learning about cultures in the places he travelled. He completed his work career at Monaco Enterprises until he decided that retirement was calling his name in 2011.
Tim and Nancy met in February 1980 at the suggestion of mutual friends and were married in February 1983. The orderliness of being an engineer became disrupted in a good way when daughter Sarah was born in 1984. We have many memories we love to share such as: Sledding down meticulously groomed tracks at Elkin's Resort on "Blue Death", a plastic toboggan that was very fast and hard to control; enjoying an ice cream every day while on vacation, especially along the Oregon Coast; and discovering a favorite restaurant at Oceanside, OR, served a clam chowder that ranked a solid 8 on a scale of 1 to 10 on our many beach combing excursions for agates. So many happy memories to take us through the sadness that is upon us at this time.
With all that has been upon us over the last year, the family has decided to hold a private ceremony in October at Tim's favorite Oregon beach. For those of you who would like to make a donation in Tim's name, please consider: www.parkinsonsresources.org
which provides Parkinson's educational resources to all patients in Oregon and Southwest Washington and especially to Veterans receiving their care at the VA Portland facilities.
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Published by Spokesman-Review on Jul. 14, 2021.