Dr. Thomas Frederick Styrlund passed away on Nov. 30, 2020 at Evergreen Hospital after several years of poor health. Tom lived an adventurous and accomplished life. He was born in Thief River Falls, MN on Dec. 16, 1946 to Reuben Frederick Styrlund and Edna "Mae" Carlson Styrlund. He was the oldest of three surviving siblings, Mary Styrlund (Dan) Rethmeier, Becky Styrlund Beck, and Phil (Julia) Styrlund.
After completing his Bachelor of Science degree at St. Cloud University, he entered the University of Minnesota where he earned a degree in dentistry. He then joined the U.S. Navy where he served 21 distinguished years, retiring as captain at Naval Base Kitsap in Silverdale, WA. A dear friend and fellow Naval officer shared that Tom's real Naval legacy is his caring example that delivered many fine Naval officers, clinicians and educators. The Navy fed his adventurous passion with worldwide experiences and travel.
In his younger years Tom was an avid skier, pilot and scuba diver. He crewed hot air balloons, flew gliders and loved sailing the beautiful teak boat that was his home for some time. He loved unusual cars, having owned everything from a classic Jaguar E-Type, to a converted mail delivery van, and even a London Taxi which he once drove across the United States.
Tom is survived by his three children; Jon (Sheree) Styrlund of Concord, Calif., Kristine Styrlund (Danny) Knowles of Watertown, Tenn. and Dan Styrlund of Seattle, WA, along with three grandchildren, Katie Styrlund, Ashleigh Knowles and Alex Knowles.
Tom was married for 36 years to his beloved wife, Susie. A talented chef, he created many great meals for family and friends. He was a passionate and skilled woodworker and builder. He built one of the family's homes, a log cabin, and re-modeled many homes, culminating in the family's log home in Crystal Lake community in Woodinville, Wash. Tom was extremely generous with his time, always sharing his talents with friends, family and community.
In late spring, the family plans to have a funeral service at Tahoma National Cemetery where Captain Styrlund will be buried with military honors.
A lover of animals, donations may be made to:
Homeward Pet Adoption Center 13132 NE 177th Place
Woodinville, WA 98072