Tom was born on April 19, 1942, in Hoboken, New Jersey to Thomas J, and Marion Soldati O’Brien. He was raised in the Hoboken area and attended local schools, graduating from Demarest High School in 1960. After graduating, he joined the United States Marine Corp where he served honorably for four years.
After been released from active duty, Tom joined the New Jersey State Police and retired as a Captain after 28 years. Shortly after joining the New Jersey State Police he met Joanne Biel and took her hand in marriage on November 6, 1965.
After his retirement from the New Jersey State Police, Tom worked for the Drug Enforcement Administration. Tom’s work with the DEA took him and Joanne to the Pacific Northwest. They loved the country and moved to Harvard where they built their home when he fully retired in 2005.
He loved ranching, tending to his Appaloosa’s, his dogs, Triathalons, skiing and their yearly trips to Hawaii and back east to visit family and friends. Tom was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, the Former Trooper Organization and Knights of Columbus.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his Wife Joanne of 52 years, Daughters Shelly Michalak and son-in-law Joe Michalak, Tara O’Brien, Son Tom O’Brien and fiancé Kyla Drumm, grandchildren Sara, Hannah, Dustin, Patrick and Gracie, His Brothers Dennis and Ritchie O’Brien and Sister Colleen DeCandia.
Viewing will be Monday, December 11, 2017, from 2 – 5 pm at the Shorts Funeral Chapel of Moscow
Funeral Services will be held at the Princeton Church of Nazarene with Pastor Kathy Kramer presiding at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, December 12, 2017.
In Lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations in Tom’s memory be made to Palouse Care 1515 W A St, Moscow, ID 83843 or
First Responders Outreach / Gary Sinise Foundation https://www.garysinisefoundation.org/programs/first-responders-outreach
Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel of Moscow and condolences may be left at www.shortsfuneralchapel.com