Keith & Keith Funeral Home
Thomas “Tom” Eglin, 95, passed away peacefully at Cottage in the Meadow on July 3, 2019. Tom was born on January 22, 1924 to Abraham and Isabella Eglin. He was raised on a farm in Terrace Heights. He attended Moxee Grade School and Yakima High School. He briefly attended Yakima Community College prior to volunteering for the Naval Officer Training Program (Midshipman’s School) at Columbia University in New York, and completed the program in December 1944. After his service in the Navy, he graduated from Whitman College with a degree in economics. At Whitman he became a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Later, he attended Central Washington University and received both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Education.
Tom began his teaching career in Toppenish. He later taught in the Yakima School District at Franklin Junior High teaching mathematics. It was at Franklin he first met Bonnie. From the moment he first saw her, he knew she was special, and she became the greatest love of his life. They would marry on July 16, 1953. Tom went on to be a counselor and the vice-principal at Franklin, and then a vice-principal at Davis Senior High. Following retirement from the field of education, he started a career in real estate working at Almon Realty. He enjoyed this profession and was still appraising houses for the VA at 88 years of age.
Tom had a deep love for family, and he had a very strong work ethic. He often held more than one job in order to provide the very best for his family. There were many family vacations, and Debbi and Tom Jr. were given excellent educational opportunities. He had a special and unique relationship with each grandchild, and even his great-granddaughter, just weeks old, calmed to his voice. He enjoyed many activities and most involved his family. Tennis, boating, water and snow skiing were among his favorites. But, boy could he dance, and Bonnie was his favorite partner. Tom belonged to the Yakima Tennis Club, Yakima Ski Club, Yakima Boat Club, and Yakima Country Club.
Friends were important to Tom and Bonnie. They traveled extensively and truly enjoyed their travel group. Tom joined a Bible study at 89 years of age. He always looked forward to Wednesdays when they would meet. He highly respected the wisdom and knowledge of these special friends.
Tom served his community well especially in his retirement years. He drove the cart on the Greenway distributing water and patrolling the grounds. He delivered medications for Hospice until he could no longer read the house numbers due to macular degeneration.
Tom is survived by his wife, Bonnie, and two children, Debbi (Mark) Baldwin and Tom (Margaret) Eglin, five grandchildren, Blake (Mary) Baldwin, Michael (Holly) Baldwin, Julia Baldwin, Sam Eglin and Chris Eglin, one great-grandchild, Paisley Baldwin, and one brother, Fred (Joyce) Eglin. He is preceded in death by his parents Abraham and Isabella Eglin, his sister, Catherine Fousha, his brother, John Eglin, and his grandson, Patrick Baldwin.
A private family mass will be held at Holy Family Chapel. A Celebration of Life for all friends and family will be held at Fontaine Estates (1551 Rowe Hill Drive, Naches) on Sunday, July 14, from 2-4 pm.
The family would like to thank Dr. David Doornink, Dr. Sidney Ceniza, and those who cared for Tom at both Virginia Mason Memorial and Cottage in the Meadow for their compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Children’s Village, Cottage in the Meadow or the charity of your choice.