Thomas Quenton Tannock (1929 - 2008)

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Thomas Quenton Tannock
1929 - 2008
April 22, 1929
Hillsboro, Washington County, Oregon United States
June 8, 2008
Home in Forest Grove, Washington County, Oregon United States 97116
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forest grove, washington County, Oregon us 97116
Thomas Quenton Tannock was born on April 22, 1929 in Hillsboro, Oregon United States. He is the child of Carl Richard Tannock and Olga Tannock, with siblings Elaine and Richard. According to his family tree, Thomas was father to 4 children. He married Shirley Ann (Duyck) Tannock on February 19, 1955 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Roy, Oregon USA. They were married until Thomas' death in 2008 at Home, Forest Grove , Oregon USA. They had children Mark D. Tannock, Carl Richard Tannock, Valerie A. Tannock, and Allen S. Tannock. He died on June 8, 2008 at Home, Forest Grove, Oregon United States at age 79.
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forest grove, washington County, Oregon us 97116
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Thomas Tannock was born on in Hillsboro, Washington County, Oregon United States
Thomas Tannock died on at Home in Forest Grove, Washington County, Oregon United States 97116
Congestive Heart Failure
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June 14, 2008
Valley Memorial Park 3939 SE Tualatin Valley Highway, in Hillsboro, Washington County, Oregon United States 97123
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Scottish (from father) -Ukrainian (from mother)

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Oregon College (now Oregon State University)




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Forester, Crown Zellerbach Manager, Christmas Tree Farmer

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Tillamook Forestry Center Portland Winterhawks Hockey Booster Club

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Married: February 19, 1955 - June 8, 2008
Cause of Separation: Thomas's Death
Married at: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church 39135 NW Harrington Rd. Roy, Washington , OR, 97106 USA
Ended: Home 1402 Pioneer Way Forest Grove , Washington , OR, 97116 USA
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A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 14, 2008, in the lodge of Homestead Manufactured Home Park in Forest Grove for Thomas Quenton "Jerry" Tannock, who died June 8 of congestive heart failure at age 79. Thomas Quenton Tannock was born April 22, 1929, in Hillsboro. He graduated from Hillsboro High School and served in the Air Force based at Ramstein Air Base, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany from 1950-1953. He was a flight navigator and engineer for the AF flying to Africa and European countries bringing cargo supplies while they were being rebuilt post-WWII. After his service, he attended Oregon College in Corvallis (now Oregon State University) studying Forestry Engineering. After marrying Shirley Duyck on Feb. 19, 1955 they settled on the family Christmas tree farm on Dixie Mtn. next to his parents, Carl and Olga Tannock. They began raising their 4 children (Carl, Valerie, Mark and Allen) on the mountain, eventually moving into the Brookwood neighborhood of Hillsboro for a brief time. In 1964, Tom began working for the U.S. Forest Service at Mt. Rainier, WA moving the family to Elbe. He worked long and hard hours watching for fires in the remote fire lookout stations. On weekends, Shirley and their children would make the long hike up to the lookouts to bring him supplies. He also managed the Big Creek Campground Ranger Station and for years after leaving the area would come back with the family to camp there. The kids got a penny for every cigarette butt that was picked up in the campground whenever they went camping or while he was based there! The evening campfires were always the best while family and friends sat around reminiscing about the old days. After leaving the U.S. Forest Service he moved the family to Seaside, OR where he was a forest engineer for Crown Zellerbach. They lived in Seaside until 1971 when he was transferred to Sekiu, WA. He lived there until 1983 before moving back to Dixie Mtn. They built a new home on the old family homestead completing that in 1985. Tom and Shirley lived and worked the family Christmas tree farm named "Neil Creek Tree Farm" along with their youngest son, Mark (who passed away at home in 1998) until 1999 when the farm was sold to their oldest son, Allen, who sold it the following year. They moved to Forest Grove to Homestead Park where Tom suffered congestive heart failure. He had bypass surgery in May 2007 and survived until June 8, 2008 passing away at home. Survivors include his wife, Shirley; daughter, Valerie; sons, Carl and his wife Sandie, and Allen; sister, Elaine Logan; five grandchildren, Dorian and Damien Libal (children of Valerie), Josh, Shannon and Daron Ison (step-children of Carl); and two great-grandchildren, Isaac Libal (son of Dorian and Niki Libal); Dane Ison (son of Shannon Ison). Tom was an active member of the Portland Winterhawks Booster Club. He was also a key supporter of the Tillamook Forestry Center and was one of the original people along with his father, Carl, who volunteered to replant the area after the forest burned in the 40's. Their names are memorialized on the wall at the Forestry Center along with Tom's picture in the building.

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In 1929, in the year that Thomas Quenton Tannock was born, on March 4th, Herbert Hoover became the 31st President of the United States. Early in his presidency, the October stock market crash - "Black Tuesday" - occurred, which lead to the Great Depression. None of his economic policies were able to make a dent in the Depression. This lead to one term and the election of Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt winning the 1933 election in a landslide.

In 1935, he was merely 6 years old when on August 14, the Social Security Act was signed into law. The purpose was to "provide federal assistance to those unable to work". The law established the Social Security Administration whose primary focus was to "provide aid for the elderly, the unemployed, and children". The Act survived many Supreme Court challenges and the Administration continues until today.

In 1949, by the time he was 20 years old, comedian Milton Berle hosted the first telethon show. It raised $1,100,000 for cancer research and lasted 16 hours. The next day, newspapers, in writing about the event, first used the word "telethon."

In 1971, he was 42 years old when in March, Congress passed the Twenty-sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which lowered the voting age to 18 (from 21). It was a response to the criticism that men could fight at 18, but not vote for the policies and politicians who sent them to war. The states quickly ratified the Amendment and it was signed into law on July 1st by President Richard Nixon.

In 1987, when he was 58 years old, was the first time that a criminal in the United States - a serial rapist - was convicted through the use of DNA evidence.

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