~ IN MEMORY ~
Vietnam war veteran, NWA Capt. Thomas Colby Christian
April 11, 1940 ~ November 5, 2014
Word has been received with the passing of RNPA member retired NWA pilot Captain Tom Christian, age 74. Captain Christian joined Northwest Airlines 06-03-1968 and retired with Northwest in April 2000. Captain Christian’s obituary notes that there will be a celebration of his life on November 22nd in Seattle WA.
Survived by his wife Susan personal condolences may be sent to the family at
4527 102nd Lane NE , Kirkland WA 98033-7645 ... (425) 242-0261 (425) 298-4080
~ Carol for the PCN
Memorial blogspot http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.
Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 3:10 PM Subject: Passing of retired NWA pilot Tom Christian
Thomas Colby Christian, age 74, retired NWA captain and RNPA member; died peacefully at home on November 5, 2014.
Tom was born on April 11, 1940 to Blaine and Gladys Christian and was raised in Portland, Oregon. His childhood was full of the NW outdoors, where he achieved Eagle Scout and graduated from Wilson High School. He went on to Oregon State University, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and met his beloved wife Susan Odmark. Tom graduated in 1964 in Forestry.
Tom and Susan began their marriage in Pensacola Florida, where he joined the Navy flight program. After training, he served two tours in Vietnam, while based on Whidbey Island.
In 1968, Tom and Susan moved to Minnesota, where he began a 32 year career with Northwest Airlines. They welcomed their son Matthew, soon followed by their daughter Dana.
While raising his family in Bellevue, Tom enjoyed working on projects at home and in the yard. He played golf, read for hours and walked in nature with his dog. Tom had the unique ability to strike up a friendship or conversation with ease. The last fourteen years were enjoyed with family and friends at the cottage on Whidbey Island.
Tom is survived by his wife of 50 years, Susan, son Matt (Marci), daughter Dana (Jay) and four wonderful grandchildren, Christian, Carly, Ava and Amanda, and brother, Blayne.
Tom led life with passion and his legacy lives on in all those he touched.
The family would like to express their deepest gratitude for all the medical care and friendship offered to Tom during his nine year fight with Multiple Myeloma.
A celebration of his life will be held on November 22, 2014 at 2pm at Broadmoor Golf Club, Seattle.
Donations may be sent in Tom's memory to:
www.mmore.org (Multiple Myeloma Research) or