Thomas Doty

Thomas Doty

Wednesday June 2, 1948 Monday January 18, 2021

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Obituary for Thomas Earl Doty

Thomas Earl Doty, age 72, of Pillager passed away at his home after a long hard struggle with Kidney cancer. Tom was born in Bemidji to Denvy & Doris (Sarff) Doty. He worked for PG&E in California for 24 years as a power plant operator. Once he moved back home to Minnesota, he worked at Craguns for 9 years in grounds maintenance. He was a veteran, serving his country in the US Navy during Vietnam.
Tom enjoyed creating, fixing things, inventing gardening and fishing. He loved life, music and playing musical instruments. He was a man of God and devoted his life to his family and friends.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Lois; mother, Doris; sons: Matthew (Rosie) Doty and Daniel (Kelly) Doty; stepsons: James (Sami) Klinkner and Joel (Nick) Klinkner; siblings: Linda (Scott) Peterson, Lois (Mike Mulcahy) Doty, Jerry (Carol) Doty and Cheryl (John) Forse; grandchildren: Catarina, James, Cameron, Owen and Tyler; great-grandchildren: Skyler and William; in-laws: Hal Totz, Harry Totz, Sheryl (Tim) Doyle and David Totz; many nieces and nephews.
Tom is preceded in death by his father; and his first wife, Kathy.
A memorial service for Tom will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 1PM at Halvorson Taylor Life Events Center (512 S 8th St, Brainerd). Visitation will be from 11AM – 1PM.

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    Saturday January 30, 2021 |
    Halvorson Taylor Life Events Center
    512 South 8th Street
    Brainerd, Minnesota
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    Saturday January 30, 2021
    A memorial service for Tom will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 1PM at Halvorson Taylor Life Events Center (512 S 8th St, Brainerd). Visitation will be from 11AM – 1PM.

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Mike McFarling

I worked with Tom for many years at PG&E. He took me under his wing and brought me into the personal computing world. We ran competing bulletin boards before the internet was a thing. Most often calling in to each other’s bbs and posting. We occasionally geeked out at the electronic flea market at the local JC, often with his son in tow to tell us what we were looking at.
He was a quiet man with a very dry wit, a natural writer and a patient teacher. As an operator at the power plant, he’d most often helpfully direct me to a problem, and I would often encourage him to become a technician, but he was happy doing what he did.
I’ll miss Tom and really cherish the memories of those good times.
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