Thomas "TY" Wilson Atkins
1950 - 2021
You may have known TY through his role as teacher or principal at Mother Lode Christian or Summerville Elementary during his forty-five years in education. TY was a husband, father, brother, son, grandfather, uncle, friend, pastor, teacher, principal, mentor, coach, surfer, snowboarder, golfer, hiker, traveler, author, TPRD board member, minister at the county juvenile detention center, and a passionate follower of Jesus Christ.
Born on April 14, 1950, his parents Tom and Miriam raised him and his brothers, Jim, Fred and David, and sister Nancy, in Oceanside, California.
As a youth TY loved baseball and the beach and fell in love with surfing. After high school, he attended USC and majored in Architecture. He took a break from school to backpack through Europe and his life changed forever on a train in Norway. A pastor asked him "how can you live
your whole life and neglect what Jesus Christ has done for you?" That question rocked him to his core and when he returned to the US he gave his life to Jesus at a Florida Salvation Army rescue mission. Everything changed after that. He transferred from USC to Westmont College and changed his major to Religious Studies and English Literature. He met his wife, Pat, and they were married for forty five years.
He began his teaching career at Mother Lode Christian School. TY and Pat love Tuolumne and made it their permanent home where they raised their four children, Thomas, Daniel, Patrick and Hope. His 12 grandchildren and the time he spent with them, brought him great joy!
Yosemite, the Emigrant Wilderness, Dodge Ridge, Europe and the beautiful beaches of Kauai and Oceanside were his favorite destinations.
TY loved and served the youth and families of our community. His last prayer was that he could spend the rest of his days worshipping God in humility and gratitude. God answered that prayer when he passed into eternity on Sept. 2. The question TY would ask you is, "have you considered what Jesus Christ has done for you?"
His family will be posting a film remembering and celebrating TY's life. It will be posted at in the next several weeks. TY's family has chosen the following four organizations for those who would like to give in his memory. 1. Summerville Elementary Student Scholarship Fund 2. Hidden Treasures of the Sierras (a ministry at the local detention center - P.O. Box 821 Tuolumne, CA). 3. Motherlode Christian School - TY Atkins Grandchildren Scholarship Fund 4. Tuolumne Park and Rec. Community Fund.
Published by Sonora Union Democrat from Sep. 14 to Sep. 15, 2021.
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First and foremost I want to send my prayers to Mr.Atkins family. I´m so very sorry for your loss. I grew up with TY always in my life, since I was a little girl going to bible study, to having him as a teacher, having my own children with TY as the most amazing principal SUMMERVILLE ELM has ever had..!! Ty was really a special person, you could just feel the love he had for the kids and our community. When my family heard of Mr.Atkins passing I was heartbroken. I cried, as did my son and daughter who went through their elementary years as the best principal ever to come out of our sweet little school. Mr.Atkins you will be so very much missed in our little town of Tuolumne thank you for who you are. Thank you for always being there even if you didn´t have to. No matter what you always made things better.. you are so loved and will be extremely missed. forever will be in the heart of Tuolumne city. The hearts of everyone who knew you.! May you rest in sweet peace with the lord. I know our father in heaven is happy to have one of the best people I have ever known. The Celaya family
Sara Celaya- Akers
November 9, 2021
Ty was a messenger to so many in the community... English teacher, school principal, familiar face, friendly face and even in his passing Ty was a messenger.
Baker Family
October 12, 2021
Dear Pat& family.. I was saddened to hear about TY´s passing and know you take comfort in knowing he´s with the lord. I want you to know who much you did for our family with your love and support and want you to know you´re in our hearts and prayers. All our love, june and family
June Vaughn
October 9, 2021
What a fantastic friend and service to us through his Lord & Savior Jesus Christ! See you soon brother!
Tom & Sandee
October 7, 2021
We are now without a true community treasure. You will be missed. Thank you for all you have done for all of us.
Andi and Tommy
September 15, 2021
Pat & family, I am so very sorry for your loss. TY was such a special friend to us when we moved here. What an example he was to his faith, JESUS has gained an ANGEL! TY will be missed by everyone that knew him. Love & prayers to you & your family!
Lynn Blake
September 14, 2021
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