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Tommy Gerald West

June 13, 1935 ~ November 10, 2020 (age 85)

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Tommy Gerald West, 85, a former La Grande, Oregon resident, passed away at his residence in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on November 10, 2020.  A memorial graveside service will be held in the spring of 2021 at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Baker City, Oregon; the date and time will be announced at a later date.  

Tommy was born on June 13, 1935, in Sudan, Texas, to Roy West and Thelma (Tate) West.  He graduated from Sudan High School.  After high school, he joined the United States Army serving for five years before separation at the rank of Specialist.  His time on active duty included 16 months in Korea. He spent the next 30 years working as a highway engineer for the Oregon Department of Transportation, retiring in 1995.

In El Paso, Texas, Tommy married Carol J. Williams in 1960; they had two sons together, Brian and Tracey.  He lived in La Grande, Oregon, for 47 years, only recently moving to Albuquerque to live with his son, Brian.

Tommy was a VFW lifetime member; he enjoyed Bingo at the La Grande Senior Center and Wildhorse as well as playing slot machine games on his tablet.  He also enjoyed crossword puzzles and word jumbles from the newspaper.

He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Brian & Dawn West of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Tracey & Nancy West of Redding, California; his brother and sister-in-law Gary and Gale West of Denver, Colorado.  He is also survived by five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Tommy is preceded in death by his wife, Carol West.

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