Thomas Warren Thommen
August 16, 1942 – June 1, 2021
Our beloved Big Tom, Papa, The Irishman and many more terms of endearment, Tom Thommen was one in a million. Tom was born on August 16th, 1942 in Gettysburg, South Dakota. In 1958 Tom and his mother DeElda relocated to Seattle, Washington.
Tom married his College school sweetheart and the brightest star in his sky, Barbara Jean Nooney. They raised their two children, Molly Shutes and Tommy Thommen in Magnolia creating lifelong memories, legendary stories and countless friends. The pinnacle of Tom’s happiness came at the arrival of his beloved grand daughter Sarah Beth. Tom was also a grandfather to Tommy Joe’s three children Connor, Andrew and Anika. Together for 58 years, Barb and Tom placed the highest value on family, friendships and community.
Tom was a natural athlete, gifted salesman, lover of animals, a farmer and a South Dakota Pheasant hunter at heart. Not to mention a card lover, dice roller and huge fan of the horse race track!
Midnite Mart Softball League was the lucky team Tom so deeply loved, where he could be found in left field with his big red, white & blue glove ready to catch! Decades of neighborhood children learned to pitch baseballs, toss footballs, and cast fishing lines under his lively coaching.
Tom’s career in insurance spanned over 40 years, resulting in clients becoming friends, who referred even more clients who became friends. Even at 78, Tom continued to advise his long and loyal list of policy holders.
Tom’s midwestern roots drew him to toiling in the soil, his passion for gardening was enjoyed by all. He delighted in the bounty of his tomato harvest and flower garden, always having a bouquet or extra bag of tomatoes to share. Holidays were important to Tom, but none were more anticipated or enthusiastically celebrated than St. Patrick’s Day. Days before the big day, the beef would be brined, green outfits laid out, the Jameson stock, and the Irish music serenading throughout their home.
To our Tom; Husband, Father, Papa, Uncle, Father-in-law, Brother-in-law and Friend, ‘May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields, until we meet again.
Celebration of Tom’s Life will be held Saturday, June 19th, 2021. 12:00PM until 4:00PM Location: 2700 West Galer Street, Magnolia.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Center for Lung Research at Swedish: https://give.swedishfoundation.org/
To view the slide show from Tom's Celebration of Life, click here: https://youtu.be/DA0kKtG0Fjw
Celebration of Life
Saturday, June 19, 2021
Thomas Warren Thommen
June 17, 2021
Many words come to mind when we discuss our uncle Tom. The first word that I brought up when my mom(Carol) and brother(Kelly) and sister(Karina) were discussing Tom on the news of his passing was "Unforgettable". He was unforgettable for his large personality, his sense of humor, his contagious smile, his willingness to give a helping hand, his ability to make me feel like we spoke to each other daily whenever we did occasionally speak on the phone or see each other. I loved getting his occasional humerous emails, they were always a day brightener!!! He and Barb were both amazing, generous, and willing tour guides. Tom will be obviously be missed by us all. Barb, Molly, and Tommy, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Godspeed uncle Tom
Love Todd, Linda, Matt, and Thomas
June 13, 2021
Love you more,
Love you most!’
June 9, 2021
I’ve always been thrilled that Tom was an important part of our tribe. I’m one of Barb’s 8 sisters and Tom’s sister in law. He’s hard to describe as he was such an original and a truly unforgettable guy! He had not only an endearing personality but an limitless love of life! His wit was unmatched and he loved his family and friends unconditionally. The memories will last forever . He is irreplaceable and we will miss him terribly but I will always remember him with a smile and a tear. God speed bro!
Jorge L. Simental
June 8, 2021
I met Tom through my mom Laura. In the brief time that I knew Tom he lit up my life and any room he walked into like a carnival. He was quick to invite me to spend the summer with Barb and him as if we knew each other for ages. Very rarely do you come across someone who’s charisma and mannerisms alone instill confidence in you. Tom will always be remembered with an impact and a smile. I will always think of him as I begin my journey of helping animals.
I love you Tom, thank you for always being the man we needed :)
June 8, 2021
Tom was my brother-in-law law & close friend as well as a frequent travel mate along with his wife & my husband Dean. We caught sunsets in Mexico, Hawaii, Arizona, Las Vegas to mention a few. His humor always kept things fun. One of his mottos was “Every day is a holiday & every meal is a banquet.” And he lived that, the good life. a truly unforgettable man. I’ll miss you . I’m comforted by a treasure of heartfelt memories. Love to all the Thommen family.
June 8, 2021
Barb and family. My heart grieves with you for your loss. Tom was such a delight to be around, generous in heart, laughter and concern for others. I was so blessed to experience your hospitality with Colleen in 2019. I can’t remember when I had laughed so much and so enjoyed your family. May you all be comforted with God’s Grace and abundant love.