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Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Gaston


Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Gaston

Born July 31st 1939 in Seattle, Washington. Died near Council, Idaho on October 3rd 2014. His parents were Robert D Gaston of West Virginia, and Berry Meeks-Gaston of Thayer, Missouri.  Tom attended Roosevelt High and received a BA in Finance from the University of Washington. Upon graduation he received a commission as 2nd Lt. in USAF. Tom served 2 tours of duty in Viet Nam, the second as a decorated pilot [535th]. He retired from USAF after 23 years of service then flew for Transamerican Airlines, AirCal, and American Airlines.
Tom made his retirement home in Council, Idaho.  His passion was flying and in his retirement he had a replica built of the P-51 Mustang.
He is survived by his only sibling, Robert Gaston of Seattle, and a number of cousins. Tom loved this extended family as well as his adopted families from Idaho, New York and New Zealand.
There was a celebration of Tom's life in Seattle on November 1st, 3pm at the Eagles Club at 8201 Lake City Way NE.

Published in The Seattle Times on Oct. 19, 2014
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