At her request no service is planned.
Tommy “Tom” Joe Meeks
August 6, 1935 ~ May 3, 2011
Lost for Now, Loved Forever & Ever
Born in Vaughn, N.M., in the back (living area) of the service station where his Dad was working. The eldest of five children, due to his dad being a pastor, they moved frequently. He attended 17 schools, graduating from Lovington High School in 1954.
During his high school years, Tom was active in boxing, basketball and football. He was New Mexico Golden Gloves Champ in his weight class. Tom was only 5’7” but quite the “scrapper!” He attended college on a basketball scholarship but left to join the Navy, where he was an Aerial Photographer’s Mate from 1954-58. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, hunting, and playing poker. After leaving the Navy he attended the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, briefly, and then focused on his lifelong career as an Electrical Power lineman from 1960 to 1997. The first thirty of those years were spent primarily in Alaska. He recently received his IBEW 50-Year membership pin.
He met Clairee, his wife of almost 52 years in China Lake, California in 1957. They married in Wellton, AZ in 1959, with his father officiating. They moved to Fairbanks, AK and adopted their three children in 1961, 1962, and 1968.
They moved to Sequim in 1972 and Tom started golfing. He enjoyed it immensely. After retirement in 1997, you could find Tommy at least three days a week on the Cedars of Dungeness Golf Course.
He is survived by his wife, Clairee at the family home; their son Jeffrey Meeks and companion Peggy Berelc, of Mount Lake Terrace, WA; daughter Michelle Meeks of Sequim, WA, daughter Darcy Meeks Lamb and son-in-law Steven Lamb, grandchildren Amber & Connor Lamb also of Sequim, WA. Also survived by his sister, Betty Jean Brown, Shelton, WA; brother-in-law Larry Branson, Pottsboro, TX, along with several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Reta & Vernon Meeks and three siblings, Robert, & John Meeks, & Vernita Meeks Branson.
Tom was known for his sense of humor and quick wit. He will be greatly missed, but never forgotten by his family, friends, and golfing buddies who nicknamed him, “Tap-in Tommy.”
A “Celebration of Life” will be held in his honor at his “second home” the Cedars at Dungeness Golf Course, in the Banquet Room. June 6, 2011, commencing at 1:30 p.m.
Robert “Bobby” Scot Morris
August 17, 1981 - May 4, 2011
Robert Scot Morris “Bobby” was born August 17, 1981 in Glascow, Montana to David and Sherry Lenore Morris. Growing up, he traveled with his parents to pipeline jobs all over the country. He attended and graduated from Sequim High School in 1999.
Robert followed the family tradition and went to work for the pipeline out of high school but a severe injury to his foot caused him to change career paths. He attended Peninsula College and earned a degree in graphic design, which he applied at the Peninsula Daily News and for the past 5 years as an award-winning ad designer at the Sequim Gazette.
He was preceded in death by his mother Sherry, his grandfather
Bert Dewey and grandmother Norma Morris. He is survived by father David Morris, brother Brandon Morris and sister in law Kayla Morris and niece Paisley Morris, his grandmother Ann Dewey, grandfather Robert Morris and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws and beloved friends.
We at the Gazette will all miss Robert, not just because of what he did and the talents he brought to work, but for who he was. He was always quick with a joke or a smile, and his creative flair shone brightly in our production department each week. He was a friend, a confidant, and a brother.
A Celebration of Life was held Saturday May 7, 2011. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to his grandmother Ann Dewey to help cover Robert’s final expenses. For more information please call the Sequim Gazette, 683-3311.