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May 2, 2013

(2/1/1945 - 4/25/2013)

Thomas Charles Colton, 68 of Naches, Washington died at his home April 25, 2013 after a long battle with cancer.

Tom Colton was born February 1, 1945 in Knox County, Missouri, the son of Murl W. and Mary Ellen (Guffey) Colton.

In 1969 he married Slyvia Martini in Seattle, Washington. They divorced. He later married Loraine Crawford in Sunnyside, Washington.

Tom attended grade school in the Price community, south of Gorin, Missouri and graduated from Gorin High School in 1963. He was a member of the 50 year graduation class that will be honored in October at the Gorin Alumni Banquet. After high school, Tom served in the U.S. Army both in the U.S. and Europe.

Tom worked many years as general plant manager of P. W. Plastic and Pipe in Sunnyside, Washington.

Tom was an avid RV-er and camper and lover of the mountains and lakes of the great Northwest.

Survivors include his wife of the home; one son, Ray (Christa) Colton of Yakima, Washington; one daughter, Cheri (Devin) Adams of Yakima, Washington; grandson Josh and granddaughter Taylor Colton of Yakima, Washington and grandson Colton Adams of Yakima; sister Ruth Ann (Keith) Boyer of Burlington, Iowa; brother, Jerry (Gloria) Colton of Sunnyside, Washington; sister, Pat Colton Howard of Zillah, Washington; and sister Bonnie (Paul) Rush of Zillah, Washington; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Jim Colton; sister-in-law Amy Tutor Colton; brother Randy (Butch) Colton; and brother-in-law Ernie Howard.

As per Tom's request his body will be cremated. A celebration of his life has been planned for later this summer.

In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to any local cancer fund promoting research to help end this dreaded disease.

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