In Memory of Tom Lutes, Jr.
Tom Lutes, Jr lived life fully. He lived it fast and hard. Tom passed on March 28th of complications from prostrate cancer a disease he fought valiantly for the last few years of his life. After the prognosis, Tom was given a year. But for those who knew Tom, he was a fighter until the end, outliving those predictions by almost another year. Even his attending doctors were amazed at the strength of his spirit and his will to keep on.
Tom was best known to many friends in the
Tom was the first bowler to roll a 300 in the
Portland Community Bowling Association, and at
At the 2012 Rose Bowl Classic, Tom was honored by his peers from the Pacific Northwest Tournaments with the I-5 Fellowship Honors Award. Tom humbly received a standing ovation from his many friends. Tom received the award for his many years of encouraging and guiding fellow bowlers. Tom was a highly competitive bowler, yet he always had time to support others. In traveling to other tournaments, Tom would always organize dinner social events with his fellow Portlanders and friends from other communities. For Tom, that was a highlight of his travels Ė spending time with friends, socializing and commiserating over the dayís bowling opportunities.
Tom was one of
Tom is survived by his daughter, Jordan; his son
His partner of 18 years Allen Rise; his close friends
and care givers Cindy Farrester & Jim Gianakis. Tomís mother and father
pre-deceased Tom. Tom had
an extended family of numerous close friends (too many to mention here)
who were considered ďfamilyí by Tom and his partner Allen.
Allen and family express their thanks to all those who cared for Tom during his battle with cancer, They also express appreciation to those who were patient during the critical periods to understand their inability to respond to all the visitation requests. Time was a precious commodity as Tom moved forward with his illness, and that time was savored by Tom, Allen and family.
At Tomís request, no funeral will be held. Tom encouraged all those who wished to honor him to do so amongst friends with fond thoughts of the competitive spirit that Tom exhibited. A celebration of Tomís life and commitment as Co-Director will be held during the Portland Rose Bowl Classic in late May of 2014.
If desired, remembrances can be made in memory of Tom
Lutes, Jr. to our local Q Center, where a Sports Commemorative Room is
being planned. Tomís Annual
Award Plaque will be on display there when the room is completed.
You can either go directly to:
https://co.clickandpledge.com/sp/d2/default.aspx?wid=69653 or send a
donation to QCenter/Tom Lutes, Jr., Sports |
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to make a note in the Comments field (on the right) that this is in
Memory of Tom Lutes, Jr.
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