In memory of

Thomas D. Flores

Apr 15, 1950
Jun 21, 2024

Obituary

Tom was born in Salem, Oregon on April 15, 1950, to Daniel and Betty Flores and grew up in Keizer. Tom was a super cool guy and described by a cousin as a great friend and protector. He loved the outdoors, small towns, fishing, camping, time with family, 60’s music, classic cars, and lemon desserts. He also enjoyed sharing his favorite breakfast spot with his granddaughter Greysen.

Tom was a proud Army Veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in the military from 1967 to 1972. He earned an Associate’s of Science in Drilling Technology and spent 10 years drilling wells throughout Oregon before joining the Bureau of Land Management. During his career with the BLM, Tom made lifelong friends who shared his love of wilderness and fighting forest fires.

Vietnam was not the only war Tom battled, he also fought cancer. First tackling prostate cancer in 2022 and 2023, and then combating advanced lung cancer in 2024. Tom passed away June 21st, in the home of his daughter, surrounded by family and 60’s music.

Tom’s personality, integrity, honor, courage, and dad humor will live on through his surviving children; sons Tom Jr. (Becky), Rick (Debbie), and Michael, daughter, Carrie (Dan), his 11 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

Tom loved his huge family, including surviving siblings, Sonny (Nancy), Gerri (Otis), Liz (Oscar), Maria (Jose), predeceased siblings Rosie and Billy, generations of countless nieces, nephews, and cousins; both in the US and the Philippines.

In keeping with his wishes, no memorial services are planned. A date later this summer will be chosen for a burial at sea off the coast at Depoe Bay.

The family of Tom thank all the wonderful people who provided care to him. We are beyond grateful for the kindness, support, and camaraderie throughout his cancer journey. No one fights alone.

Johnson Funeral Home of Salem, Oregon is assisting the family during this time.

Messages of Sympathy

  1. Greysen Flores says:

    Miss you so much grandpa. Loved having you live with us for many months before your passing. So glad we got closer and enjoyed strawberry waffles together.

  2. Tamra says:

    Tom was very special place in my life my life. We were married and together for 23 years still friends after our divorce. He will always have a special place in my heart. He knows that.I miss you. See you on the other side.

  3. Connie Flores says:

    Thanks for being such a good friend and brother in law

  4. Charlie Zeek says:

    Good friends are rare, but he was one of the best. His memory will be with us life long - he was just that special. He is missed.

  5. Jon garner. says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of his passing .
    He always treated me with respect and I did him as well.
    He was a great man and my cousin.
    My heart goes out to all.

  6. Roseann says:

    R.I.P. uncle..you will be missed I love you give everyone in heaven a hug for me

  7. Staff of Johnson Funeral Home says:

    Thank you for trusting Johnson Funeral Home with his arrangements.

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