Tom Carey was born in Omaha, Neb., on Nov. 7, 1950, to Joseph and Mary O'Brien Carey. He was raised in Lake Oswego, Ore., where he met his wife, Peggy. The two were married in Camp Sherman, Ore., in 1978. They raised one beautiful redheaded daughter, Heather, the light of his life.
Tom was a master craftsman, custom home builder, horseman, avid hunter, Oregon state champion sporting clays shooter and amazing fisherman. He spent many days on the rivers of Oregon and enjoyed sharing his secret spots with his closest friends. He was happy with anything that involved being outdoors, but his true loves were Peggy and Heather. Tom's top priority was his dedication as a father. It was his pleasure to drive Heather all over the state with her horse, especially if it was near a river where he could "wet a line." Tom was truly happiest when he was with his family and friends enjoying life and grilling his latest fish, fowl or game.
A lifelong Oregonian, he and Peggy recently relocated to Minturn, where he enjoyed telemark skiing and biking with new friends. Tom was a great husband, father and friend. Weeks before he left this world, he was able to walk Heather down the aisle at her wedding. He welcomed his son in-law, Paul Oakley, with open arms. Tom felt he was leaving his girls in capable hands.
He will be missed dearly and forever loved. A celebration of Tom's life will be held on June 2 at the Camp Sherman Community Center in Camp Sherman, Ore. A reception and walk along the Metolius will follow.
In lieu of flowers, please send your favorite stories of Tom or condolences to 62111 Cody Road, Bend, OR 97701.