Thomas Mathieu Thorley

August 19, 1952April 18, 2021

Thomas Mathieu Thorley, 68, of Penn Valley, California, passed on Sunday April 18, 2021 after struggling with early onset Alzheimer’s. He is survived by his wife, Claudia Koche, their son Charles Thorley and his wife Julia Lehrdahl, their daughter Elizabeth Thorley and her husband Chris Donaldson, their son Robin and his wife Mika Thorley and daughter Lennon Thorley, and their daughter Julia Thorley, as well as his sisters Christine Miller and June Toohey. His passing is felt deeply among his loved ones.

Tom grew up along the canals of Long Beach, California. His profound connection to the ocean developed from his pursuits of swimming, boating, fishing, and water skiing. Tom enjoyed creative pursuits as well: winemaking, creating stained glass, and playing the guitar. After earning a BA in Mathematics from California State University at Long Beach, Tom embarked on a career in Information Technology working with TRW (later Northrop Grumman), the U.S. government, SAIC, Sun Microsystems and Heritage Global Solutions.

It was in this work environment that Tom met his soul mate, Claudia. Like many people who knew Tom, Claudia fell in love with his sense of humor, kindness towards others, and intelligence. They married on the Queen Mary in Long Beach Harbor in 1984.

Tom and Claudia's work took their family from the west coast to the east coast and back again. He was always happiest on the west coast, especially on or near the ocean. Though Tom worked hard and long hours, he always made time for his children, helping with homework or coaching their soccer teams and never missing a chance to cheer them on at games and swim meets.

The family will host a private celebration of life by the Pacific Ocean. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made instead to the Hospice of the Foothills in Grass Valley, CA.


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Thomas Mathieu Thorley

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