Thomas Russell Hailey
October 16, 1936 ~ December 23, 2017
Thomas was born October 16, 1936 in Charleston, West Virginia and passed away very peacefully on Saturday, December 23, 2017, in Sacramento, California, due to complications from Amyloidosis. In 2010 he was given a few months to live, but then went on to miraculously and bravely fight his diagnosis until 2017.
He was born in Charleston, West Virginia, and grew up there until he went away after High School to Taylor University in Indiana. From there he moved to Michigan to continue on with school and work. While staying in Michigan, his West Virginia High School sweetheart, Carolyn wrote him a letter, saying that her father was being transferred by his employer, Union Carbide in West Virginia to the state of California. He sold his car, bought a motorcycle, which was a dream of his, and rode the motorcycle out to California, to be close to his girl. He and Carolyn Taylor, his childhood sweetheart, were married in 1958. They were married for 59 years.
He briefly owned a pizza restaurant in So Cal. He then returned to Long Beach State University where he graduated in 1968 with a BS Degree in business. He went on to work at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, then later for Ralph M. Parsons Corp, both in Pasadena, California.
In 1966 he moved his wife and children to a new housing development in the Fish Canyon area of Duarte, California, in the San Gabriel Valley, and Tom and Carolyn raised their 3 children, Tim, Sheri and Jeff, there in Duarte.
In 1989, he left the Southern California area, from his long-time home in Duarte, to move to South Lake Tahoe, California, where he owned a Locksmith Business (Hugo Locksmith) and worked as a locksmith for 18 years before retiring in 2010. He enjoyed working with his wife Carolyn and son Jeff, and also enjoyed his business relationships with business owners and locals in the South Lake Tahoe area. He was always happy to enjoy a laugh with a customer.
Tom enjoyed most being with his wife, traveling, working in his yard and on his computer, investing, genealogy, being with his family and having a sense of humor. He was a committed Christian all of his life and served in his earlier years at Duarte Fellowship Church in Duarte, California and attended Calvary Chapel of South Lake Tahoe, while living in South Lake Tahoe.
He loved his family and is survived by, wife (Carolyn Hailey), son and daughter-in-law (Timothy Hailey and Vicki Hailey), daughter and son-in-Law (Sheri Raney and Thomas Raney), son and daughter-in-law (Jeffrey Hailey and Shawna Hailey), grand children (Jessica Raney Correia and husband Joe Correia), (Janine Raney Haden and husband Doug Haden), (Jillian Raney), (Rosalynn Hailey), (Brandon Hailey), (Jacob Hailey) and great grandson (Nolan Haden). He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law (Monte Hailey and Carolyn Hailey), niece and nephew (Marcie Zell and Brian Hailey), his half sister and her husband (Linda Hailey Cathey and Ron Cathey), as well as his sister-in-law (Eleanor Wennberg), niece (Siri Pratt and husband Alan Pratt), sister-in-law and brother-in-law (Lilli Hetherington and James Hetherington) and nephews (Brent Hetherington and Barry Hetherington). He is pre-deceased by his mother (Viola Force), his father (Arvil Hailey) and his beloved brother-in-law (Dr. Robert Wennberg).
He will be missed greatly by all who knew him.
Celebration of Life Service is on Saturday, January 27, 2018, 1:00 pm, Calvary Chapel, 807 Emerald Bay Rd, SLT