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El Cajon Mortuary and Cremation Service

684 South Mollison Ave., El Cajon, CA

OBITUARY

Thomas Charles Dyke

June 12, 1938December 21, 2019
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Thomas Charles Dyke, age 81, of Alpine, California passed away on Saturday December 21, 2019. Thomas was born June 12, 1938.

Tom, or Tommy, as he was affectionately known by many, was the epitome of the American dream. Literally a rags to riches story, Tom was very much a self-made man who believed in hard work, dedication, and implementing high standards. Tom was an icon in east county where he established Tom C. Dyke Drilling & Blasting. He became widely known in the construction field for his expertise in handling rock jobs. His drilling and blasting company helped set industry standards that were difficult to match. His motto always was "If you are even going to bid a job, you do that job to the absolute best of your ability."

Tom was also known in the world of real estate and always had an eye for prospective projects. He believed in "You got to look at the potential of what it can be, not how it looks now." Tom had the ability to see investments in buildings, homes, and land that others could not. Like his vision for the construction world, his ability to grow a broken down piece of property into a thriving business was uncanny.

Tom was never one to show off or gloat on his success. As much as he was successful, he was also charitable. He believed in supporting causes including but not limited to the Alpine Youth Center and the Alpine VFW. He was also no stranger to those who he saw on the streets needing a hand up. Those who truly needed it felt his compassion over the years.

Much like his favorite animal, the bald eagle, Tom was something of a rare site to see. Very much a private, independent, and self-sufficient man, Tom enjoyed his solitude. When he made an appearance, people generally took notice. He was a commanding presence that was immediately felt. Those who know what it was like to sit opposite him in his office no doubt can tell stories of their meetings and there would be times such exchanges could last for hours. When needed, Tom was generous with his time.

Tom leaves behind four generations of family. His parents Emma and Floyd also contributed four sisters including Marion, twins Judy and Jane, and Cathy who left us in 2006. Tom had three children including Rose Marie, Paul, and Tom the 2nd. His three children have combined to produce two generations of grandchildren and great grandchildren including Gage, whom sadly passed in 2014, Mykenna, John, Chris, Marita, Robert, WynnDee, BreeZee, Trevor, Ciela, Nakiya, TreyShawn, LeeAnna, LaNyah and Marquise.

We can all gather inspiration and peace in Tom's favorite bible passage: Isaiah 40:31. "For those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."

Services

  • Funeral Service Friday, January 10, 2020
  • Reception - Celebration of Life Friday, January 10, 2020

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Nina Gould

January 12, 2020

Tom was a kind man. Alpine Artists will always remember him for his willingness to hear a good story, support a worthy cause, stand up for the small and be generous with all his being. You were kind, Tom. We are honored to have known you. Thank you for everything you did for art and for everyone in Alpine.<3

Lona Sory

January 10, 2020

Deeply saddens me of the lost of mr. Dyes he was a friend of my dads rt Sory he worked for mr. Dyes many many years he helped my dad so much. To his family the deepest of sympathy to the family

Dale Nicholas

January 10, 2020

Our deepest sympathies. Tom was an outstanding person dedicated to helping so many people, including my wife and I, who wouldn't be where we are today without his help. We will never forget Tom. We know he is in a better place and enjoying the angels singing and praising Jesus. He was and is a great guy. Gail we love you.

McKenzie Amerman

January 10, 2020

This was at Mr A’s , overlooking San Diego .
Theres a whole stack of pictures here , its nearly impossible to choose the best memories because they were all “the best”
Theres another great picture of Tom where he looks like a movie star, in this stack of pictures ( we all went to The Magic Castle in L.A ,one year for New Years )
There’s one where he drove us way into Mexico one night and it turned out there was no place to stay , so he kept driving all the way to Arizona , I remember his patience with no sleep , and his sheer focus and endurance to keep driving , I got to see some of the great qualities that really defined him
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McKenzie 💖




I’m taking the picture again ✨🕊🌟
💖 McKenzie

McKenzie Amerman

January 10, 2020

This is inside our first house Tom and Kathy helped us get , there are so many more pictures and fun memories I could share just at and around this house!!
We later lost this house (and everything else in the Cedar Fires )

I’m grateful for Toms friendship , guidance and support thru some dark days Tom believed I could build another house, and another life .
Because Tom believed in me , I believed in me
Theres been rarely a day that I’m not grateful for the impact Tom has had in my life , and his handprint is forever in my ❤️ heart
✨🕊🌟
McKenzie

McKenzie Amerman

January 10, 2020

This is at a favorite Moroccan Restraunt in La Jolla , the Marrakesh
Tom really liked this place !!








✨🕊🌟
McKenzie

McKenzie Amerman

January 10, 2020

We got some things together for Tom to have a Good Clint Eastwood look here , and he agreed !!
Were all in Las Vegas for Halloween 🎃

I’m taking the picture ..again



✨🙏🌟
McKenzie

McKenzie Amerman

January 10, 2020

Here’s Tom poolside , catching up on the news . Were all in Arizona for the week end to go wave riding ! Tom had such a fun side and knew all the great places to stay and go eat !!! This wave riding became a favorite pastime , My then husband ,and Tom and Kathy ended up staying at this same pace in Arizona tons of times for fun week ends of wave riding !!
I cherish these and so many other memories of time I was blessed to spend with Tom . He will always have a special place in my heart , I will miss him beyond words, as will so many others
He had a huge my life in so many ways ✨🕊🌟
McKenzie

McKenzie Amerman

January 9, 2020

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January 9, 2020

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