Thomas William DeSouza
Date of birth: March 21 1956
Date of death: June 4 2019
Tom DeSouza died June 4, 2019 at the Willamette Valley Hospice Tokarski Home in Salem following a lengthy battle with lung disease. The family sends its deep appreciation to the Tokarski House staff for their exceptional care of Tom in his final days.
Tom was born to Bill and Irene DeSouza in Salem, where he graduated from North Salem High School in 1973. After attending the University of Oregon, Tom worked in business, primarily in the sand and gravel industry. He was highly involved in public service, and was elected to the Salem City Council in 1994. Tom continued to volunteer at various civic organizations later in life.
A life-long passionate reader, Tom passed with a collection of Hemmingway short stories on his bedside table. While music, good food, fly fishing, and friends were important aspects of Tom’s life, the love for his children was held above any other.
Tom is survived by his former wife, Glenna (Maudlin) DeSouza, and their three children. Thomas and his wife Amanda live in Houston, Texas with their son Isaiah and daughter Olivia. Gina DeSouza Tonso lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming with her husband Tyler and their daughter Eva. Steven lives in Seattle, Washington. Tom also is survived by siblings Bob and Nancy of Salem, and Mike of Bend.
At Tom's request, no service is planned at this time.
10 tribute candles have been lit
Candle lit by Staff at Crown Memorial Center Our sincere condolences.
Candle lit by Glenna Tom loved sharing information, insights and experiences with his kids. He will be very greatly missed. Rest in peace Tom.
Candle lit by Jeanne Arana Rest easy now, my friend.
Candle lit by Jacqueline Zimmer, Kasey & Jasmine The Zimmer-Stucky's spent many a fun hour with Tom, Thomas, Gina, & Steven. We send our love and extra TLC to Tom's family.
Candle lit by Todd Maudlin Tom was my Uncle and I loved coming to visit him and Glenna when I was a kid. He always treated me with respect and I loved talking with him. I love him and will miss him. Love you uncle Tom. God bless and rest in peace. ????Love , Todd Maudlin
Candle lit by Melissa Baurer Tom, you were a great man. One who taught me a lot. Who cared for so many people and who showed so much happiness for other's accomplishments. RIP
Candle lit by Pat & Mel Maudlin Tom was a very likeable and good man. Love and condolences to his children.
Candle lit by Linda Nelson Bless you Thomas DeSouza for all the hours you gave the City of Salem as Councilor and other task forces. You will be missed...
Candle lit by Alma Nechi Thank you Tom for sharing your wisdom with me as I was figuring out my career. I appreciate the memories of fishing and my first hike. I am sad to find out you not longer here but I will hope you may be in a happier place. To his kids I extend my condolences and know your father touched many people’s life.
Candle lit by Chuck Bennett Tom was a wonderful guy. I worked with him for several years on the city budget committee where he was a more than helpful mentor. His service on our City Council was punctuated with great common sense and a spirit of immeasurable service. My thoughts are with his family with a promise he won’t be forgotten.