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Thomas Dooley Obituary – The Arizona Republic

Thomas (Tom) Alban Dooley left this world on December fifteenth, 2022, surrounded by his rapid household at his “Dooleyville” residence in Cave Creek, Arizona. Tom was a local of Arizona, 69 years of age, born November seventh, 1953. He was a resident of Cave Creek because the Seventies & hauled his personal water “within the good outdated days.” Beloved son of fogeys Patricia Clare and James Francis Dooley, Tom was the third baby, first boy of ten kids. He was the oldest of 4 boys. Tom spent most of his childhood rising up in Maryvale, Arizona, the place he served as an Alter Boy at St. Vincent De Paul. Tom attended Catholic faculties in Phoenix, together with Bourgade Excessive College. Jobs of his youth included a paper route for the Arizona Republic & Gazette, together with mowing lawns. When not arduous at work, Tom took issues aside round the home to learn how they labored, together with his mother’s favourite clock. He adopted his dad round the home and discovered learn how to restore small home equipment like toasters, waffle irons, however sadly for his mother, not clocks. He rode his bicycle all over the place within the valley, together with all the best way to South Mountain which he known as a “Bike Hike.” When older he labored at Diamonds division retailer within the shoe division. Tom was an Usher on the Arizona State Honest Grounds Coliseum for Suns Basketball Video games, the circus, Ice Capades, and entertainers resembling THE OSMONDS. I’ve beloved shopping for, fixing up, and promoting automobiles of every kind. He attended Phoenix Faculty for the fundamentals, however his major love for him was the varied elective programs, images particularly. Tom adopted in his father’s footsteps, hiring on at Mountain Bell telephone firm (later US West, and at present CenturyLink). Tom was a cable splicer and finally grew to become supervisor of a cable splicing crew on the East Bell Highway yard. He was concerned within the first fiber optic cable set up in Phoenix and admitted to being the primary one to BREAK the primary fiber cable as properly. OOOPS! In 1978 Tom married his love of his life, Mitzi Dee Smith, already a resident of Cave Creek because the ’60s. They met on a blind date organized by a household good friend. Mitzi acquired a telephone name the place a person stated, “Hello, my title is Tom Dooley, and you do not know me, however…” Earlier than their first date he referred to as Mitzi and stated he was rebuilding the tranny in his truck, so Mitzi volunteered to make use of her Mustang for the date. For his or her second date Tom confirmed up at Mitzi’s door late and soiled as a result of he’d stopped to assist an aged couple change their truck tire. She knew he was a keeper! Tom and Mitzi have been married at Our Woman of Perpetual Assist in Scottsdale on November eleventh, 1978 and celebrated their forty fourth anniversary this 12 months. Tom and Mitzi have been blessed with two kids, Dustin James and Jessica Marie. Tom took an early retirement from Mountain Bell to pursue his personal fiber optic enterprise full-time together with his spouse Mitzi. Collectively they lived a snug life within the desert, surrounded by household and pals. There wasn’t something that Tom could not discover a new and improved approach to engineer, repackage, or “humorous it up.” Tom was well-known for having a “assortment of neat stuff.” Factors of his persona included love of household, an excellent humorousness, optimism, silliness, nice work ethic, good, fast, entertaining, witty, and hardworking. Individuals typically referred to him because the king of volunteering, a job mannequin, useful, a jack of all trades, and “the keeper of all instruments.” If Tom did not have what you wanted, he would by tomorrow. He helped others, appreciated a problem, was mechanically inclined, and all the time match into any crowd. Mitzi was by no means involved at gatherings together with her girlfriends as a result of Tom may strike up a dialog with any of the opposite males at any BBQ or potluck. Tom earned the coveted title of “neighborhood helper” with tractor initiatives, trimming bushes, loading trash bins, shifting filth, digging up cactus, performing street work, and loaning out instruments. Yearly he put Santa hats on the neighborhood saguaros together with his bucket truck. Not solely was he beneficiant together with his time, however he additionally made everybody get pleasure from their time with him. He was fairly the jokester, typically saying “we do not want money, we have now UNCLE VISA!” Tom loved fishing, tenting, biking, household holidays, bikes, ATVs, four-wheel drive autos and mountain biking. When his son de él Dusty was rising up, Tom devoted a number of hours per week to being Cub Grasp of the Grand Canyon Theodore Roosevelt Troop 603 of Cave Creek for 4 and a half years. His want from him was to get the dad and mom concerned as properly and make it as entertaining and humorous as doable. Being the Scout Grasp was his “license to be foolish” with an excellent group of different volunteer Dads. He made elaborate Pinewood Derby automobiles together with his son and pals within the troop. The Pinewood Derby automobiles have been a chance for Tom’s aggressive but humorous nature to essentially shine. To Tom, the problem was to not make the quickest automobile, however relatively probably the most ridiculously advanced automobile that additionally went quickest when nobody thought it was doable! Every automobile had a theme annually, just like the “Nice Doodini,” and people foolish derby automobiles are nonetheless admired and treasured to at the present time. Not solely was Tom king of The Pinewood Derby, however he was just about the king of something with wheels. Tom and his son de él Dustin rode within the Annual MS150 BEST DAM BIKE GET-TOGETHERS with colleagues from the telephone firm, and biking pals for a number of years. He rode many bicycle trails all through Arizona together with his son and different fellow using pals. Over time his ardour for wheels morphed from ones he pedaled to machines that powered themselves. Tom’s hobbies transitioned from bikes and ATCs, to quads, Ford Taurus SHO automobiles, sand rails, Turbo charged sand automobiles, and finally Yamaha Rhinos outfitted with bucket seats within the again for the Grandkids. He was an avid “Duner” on the Imperial Sand Dunes and was first in line on the drags. Tom beloved “operating” his toys on the cinders within the cool pines of Flagstaff, to blast down the dry lakebed, or run up Cherry Bowl. He was fast to make a mud observe in Dooleyville outfitted with jumps and did not thoughts the countless filth clouds his Grandkids created. Tom made memorable household RV tenting with the Rhinos at Lake Nice and on multi-day-long rides (overnighter) to Citadel Scorching Springs together with his son and “favourite” son-in-law. Finally Tom’s ardour landed on vintage Ford tractors, largely lined up as garden artwork, tinkering for hours upon hours in his store. A few of these tractors have been working so he may give rides to the Grandkids, however others have been only a particular discover or his mission of the month. In his later years, Tom beloved to volunteer, and did so typically on the Cave Creek Museum. He shared his abilities with many in want of a serving to hand or only a good snort. In April of 2018, Tom and Mitzi hosted an in a single day camp-out on their property in Dooleyville for a gaggle referred to as the “Clampets” when the stamp mill was being devoted to the Cave Creek Museum. He additionally actually beloved to learn. He may learn mysteries for hours, particularly the Jack Reacher collection, and mysteries by Vince Flynn. Nevertheless, considered one of Tom’s favourite each day enjoyments, was viewing his official sized windmill from the lounge image window of Dooleyville. With the assistance of his son de él Dusty and his nice good friend Paul Bott, Tom acquired a full-size windmill from the “76 Ranch” in Wilcox, AZ. Each Cinco De Mayo Tom and Mitzi hosted a neighborhood get-together on their “Partio.” Everybody loved ice chilly Coronas with limes, Margaritas, and the nice views of a number of windmills towards the backdrop of Arizona sunsets. Tom’s favourite saying was “I am simply comfortable to be right here,” and we have been all comfortable to have been right here with him. Beloved son, brother, husband, father, and Grandfather (PaPu). Tom was proceeded in dying by his dad and mom James and Patricia. He’s survived by his spouse of 44 years, Mitzi, son Dustin, daughter Jessica (Keith), grandsons Arthur and Clay, three brothers, Jim (Summer time), John (Christina) and Richard (Yvonne), six sisters Patricia, Maryanne ( Mark), Terri, Donna, Diane (Ron), and Kitty (Mark). In Lieu of Flowers please make Donations in Tom’s reminiscence to the Cave Creek Museum: PO Field 1, Cave Creek AZ, 85327-0001. Go to for on-line condolences. Celebration of Life particulars to observe.

Posted on-line on December 23, 2022

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