Tom passed away February 11, 2019, in Olympia, Washington after his battle with cancer. He was born to Mildred “Millie” and Leo Bemis on October 18, 1946.
Tom graduated from Bethel High School in 1965. After serving in the United States Marine Corps and working as a store manager for Prairie Market, he became a fire fighter for the City of Tacoma in 1972. He spent the majority of his career at Station #2 in the Tacoma tide flats. His family likes to think he was the best fire truck driver they ever had. Tom also enjoyed a long career as the owner of a portable sawmill business, which he operated in Pierce County.
Tom was an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsmen. Although he lived most of his life in Washington, he spent time living in Montana and Wyoming where he could hunt and fish, always chasing that elusive big buck. Tom was a 25-year AA member and avid Seahawks fan.
Most recently, Tom lived in Olympia on his daughter’s farm. He enjoyed spending time watching his granddaughter ride horses in 4-H and WASET. He was particularly fond of Stoney, the big palomino.
Tom is survived by his three daughters, Cynthia Worth (Andrew Worth) of Olympia, Lori Bemis (Jesse Rodman) of Tacoma, and Christy Bemis of Seattle, Washington; his granddaughter, Samantha Worth; two siblings, Jean DiGennaro of Surprise, Arizona, and Lee Bemis of Moses Lake, Washington.
A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, March 10, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Waller Road Grange, 2708 64th St. East, Tacoma, WA 98404. All are welcome to attend.