Thomas Provo, 1948-2006
Thomas Owen Provo died Dec. 26 of an extended illness in his hometown of Wenatchee, Wash., surrounded by friends and family. He was 58. Provo was born on Nov. 5, 1948 to Floyd and Dorothy Provo. He attended school in Wenatchee and graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1967. Provo was a lifelong athlete, family members say. In the summers, Provo played for the perennial Little League champions, Dusty’s In n Out, Babe Ruth, and American Legion baseball teams. Provo also was an avid swimmer and water skier, family members say.
After high school, Tom played baseball at Wenatchee Valley College for two years. In 1970, he moved to Gunnison to play baseball at Western State College. In 1972-73, Tom was a ski patroller at Keystone. Later he moved to Vail and worked at the Los Amigos Mexican Restaurant and as a volunteer for Vail Mountain Guest Services. In the early 1980s Tom moved back to Wenatchee and opened the popular Dos Rios Mexican restaurant. He also was an instructor for the Buddy Werner Ski Racing program at Mission Ridge. He returned to Vail to work for Vail Mountain Guest Services and later managed the Stop ‘n’ Save gas station. Provo also followed in his father’s footsteps and sold real estate for several years for Grand Eagle Properties. A photograph Provo took of the Mount of the Holy Cross will always hang in many of his friends’ and relatives’ homes, family members say.
Provo’s friends in Vail and Denver – especially Ann and Tom Kirk and Sheri Panter – took care of him for a month before he moved back home. They and others organized fundraisers and other support.Provo’s illness brought him home to Wenatchee where his brothers, Don and Doug, cared for him with the help of C. W. H. Hospice. Provo’s lifelong best friends, Lew and Genette Mullen, were very supportive in his final days, family members say.Tom is survived by his brothers, Don in Eugene, Ore., and Doug in East Wenatchee, Wash., and three nephews and a niece. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Jacqueline.
Memorial contributions can be sent to the Central Washington Hospital Hospice Program or another charity.
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