Tom was born in Yalalag, Oaxaca in 1951. As a young man he immigrated to the United States, working his way through college and getting a degree in Electrical Engineering. In 2005 he returned to his roots along with his wife Elaine. They bought land and built their dream home, in Santiago Ixtaltepec in the Teotitlan Valley, up on hill above the town and off the grid.
Tom and Elaine were great supporters of the Oaxaca Lending Library. Tom, along with Flor Bautista Carreño, headed up the Saturday Intercambios for several years. Tom was a handsome, gentle and loving man, always ready to laugh and to help with any task that needed doing. He worked tekio in his adopted village of Santiaguito where he also taught English to the children there. Last summer, during the mudslides and floods, Tom worked on a committee raising funds to clear and rebuild roads in his hometown of Yalalag. He was one-of-a-kind and there’s a big hole in Oaxaca without him.
Tom is survived by his wife Elaine, their dog Zena, son Aldo and daughters Jessica and Ardee, stepchildren Kara and Steve, all who live in the U.S., plus eight brothers and sisters on both sides of the border.
A MEMORIAL GATHERING
Saturday, September 3rdat 2:00 PM
Oaxaca Lending Library
Elaine will be present