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.