Thomas (Tom) Lee Page was born July 17, 1940 in Arcata to Otha and Helen Page. He passed away on October 18 after a long battle with dementia.

Tom grew up in Arcata and graduated from Arcata High School in 1958. After high school he worked at Durable Mill until the age of 22, when he enlisted in the U. S. Army for two years. While in the Army Tom was stationed in Germany as a tank turret mechanic. Once back from the Army in 1964 he returned to work at Durable Mill and later began working at Simpson Mad River Mill.

In August of 1968, on a blind date, Tom met the love of his life Delores (Dee) Andrada. They were engaged in December of that year and married on February 14, 1969. The couple purchased their first home together in Arcata in 1970 and welcomed their daughter Sherry into the world in the summer of 1971. Dee worked as a LVN at Granada convalescent until they decided to open a business. In 1985 Tom and Dee began having a new home and business constructed in the Grace Park neighborhood of McKinleyville. In the summer of 1986 the family moved into their new home, where the couple opened Page’s Care Home, a six-bed residential care home for the elderly. They successfully operated this business together until 2005 when they retired.

Tom loved to tinker, fix things and take broken things apart and save parts that “might come in handy someday.” He was a quiet person, but to those who knew him well he was a kidder and loved to joke around (particularly with his grandchildren). Tom was very sentimental, particularly to things that had belonged to his parents. He was always kind and considerate to others and never wanted to upset anyone. Tom enjoyed attending North Fork Full Gospel Church with Dee where he met new caring church friends that were very supportive as his health declined.

Tom was survived by his wife of 51 years, Dee Page, his daughter Sherry Guffey & son-in-law Derek Guffey, grandchildren Sara Guffey and Cole Guffey and great-granddaughter Tilly Hungness. Tom also survived by his brother Gary Page and sister-in-law Evelyn Page, sister-in-law Patrica Holtgrewe (Ken Holtgrewe) and sister-in-law Debbie Andrada (Cliff Bell) as well as nephews Jason Page and Aaron Holtgrewe and nieces Nicole Page and Andrea Holtgrewe. Tom was preceded in death by his parents Otha and Helen Page and his in-laws Tony and Matilda Andrada.

The family would like to extend sincere appreciation and gratitude to the Hospice of Humboldt care providers. Donations in memory of Tom may be made to Hospice of Humboldt.


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