Terrance E. "T.J." Close

Terrence E. “T.J.” Close, loving husband and awesome father of three children, passed away at the age of 80 on Sunday, July 7, 2019, in Tucson, Arizona.

Terry was born on July 16, 1938, in Tacoma, Washington to Duard and Claire Close. He graduated from Stadium High School in 1956. Directly out of high school, Terry served in the Navy on the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Kearsarge as a boatswain’s mate. While stationed in Adak, Alaska, he started his broadcasting career as a disc jockey and newsman, on the AFRS radio and television station. Upon Terry’s discharge from the Navy, he attended broadcasting school at the University of Puget Sound.

In 1961, Terry met his future bride, Karen Skinner. They were married in 1962 in Centralia, Washington and moved to Yakima, Washington. Terry served as Director of Radio News and Programming at KIMA Television until 1966 when he transferred to the Tri-Cities as Director of KEPR Television, moving back to Yakima in 1969. Reporting unbiased news to his viewers for 30 years and maintaining a positive relationship with the community were passions of his. Although these things were important to him, his family always came first. Terry was known for his quick wit, his infectious laugh, and his kind and compassionate spirit. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and Skyping with his great-grandchildren. He and Karen often traveled to Texas, Minnesota, and Oregon to visit their children and their families. Terry and Karen moved to Tucson, Arizona from Yakima, to enjoy retirement and the consistent warm weather. He loved for his family to visit and enjoy his pool and the home he helped remodel. Terry loved lounging in his pool, watching the Seahawks and Pac 12 football, going to the gym, and playing Wii bowling. Terry was preceded in death by his parents and his brother David. He is survived by his wife Karen, son Loren Close, daughter Sheri (Keith) Rue, son Jeff (Kelly) Close; his grandchildren Rick Close, Alex (Ben) Liechty, Zach (Jan) Rue, Jacob Rue, Declan DeYoung, Mckenna DeYoung, Quinlan Close, Lochlan Close, and Taylor Van Gundy, and great-grandchildren Brennan Rue and Ella Rue, and his brother Dennis and several cousins and nieces.

A celebration of life will be held at the Yakima Convention Center, August 24, 2019. The service begins at 10:00 a.m. with reception following from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the same location.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer at https://zerocancer.org/

Funeral arrangements completed by Brings Funeral Home, Tucson, AZ.

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Chester Nash

I never knew Mr. Close,but worked wth his son Jeff on the Jet Ranch. I grew up with Mr. Close here in the valley watching him on the news with my Dad.

Debra Johnson

Whenever I watched the news, I entrusted TJ Close to bring out the scoop of the event happenings around Yakima Valley as well Yakima and other close communities of interest. [thumbup] I'm sure he was missed by a lot of people when he retired from news broadcast. He was an inspiration to the younger generation.

Philip Warren

   I'm glad to say that I got to know TJ as the father of one of my closest friends. I came late to this party that was & is his family. I had met TJ only once or twice in my high school years, where I met his son Loren at the skills center, it wasn't till I had reconnected with Loren in Tucson that I really got to know TJ. He & Karen welcomed me in as if I'd known them forever.



    He is the kind of man that you would do most anything for. It's no wonder that people up & down the Yakima valley trusted him to get them the straight scoop & tuned in every night to hear the news they needed to know. His passing leaves a little gap in my life. I can still hear his news anchor voice saying, "Well I guess I better clean up this mess Loren left again if the men are going to win this game," the last time we were losing to Karen & the women at Wii bowling.



   My heartfelt sympathies to all his family & friends & anyone whose life he touched. He is missed already.



   Philip


Philip Warren

Philip WarrenAug 12, 2019 2:34am







   I'm glad to say that I got to know TJ as the father of one of my closest friends. I came late to this party that was & is his family. I had met TJ only once or twice in my high school years, where I met his son Loren at the skills center, it wasn't till I had reconnected with Loren in Tucson that I really got to know TJ. He & Karen welcomed me in as if I'd known them forever.







    He is the kind of man that you would do most anything for. It's no wonder that people up & down the Yakima valley trusted him to get them the straight scoop & tuned in every night to hear the news they needed to know. His passing leaves a little gap in my life. I can still hear his news anchor voice saying, "Well I guess I better clean up this mess again if the men are going to win this game," the last time we were losing to Karen & the women at Wii bowling.







   My heartfelt sympathies to all his family & friends & anyone whose life he touched. He is missed already.







   Philip