Thomas “Tom” Vincent Smallwood, 78, of Redmond died Saturday, Oct. 27, at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.

Tom was born in San Diego, Calif., on Aug. 31, 1934, to Oscar Moody and Elizabeth Harriet (Pierce) Smallwood.

He lived in the Southern California area, including Catalina Island, until his enlistment in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17. He served on the USS Piedmont in the Korean War conflict from April 1952 to September 1954, being honorably discharged.

He married Matilda “Boots” Palmer in San Bernardino, Calif., on March 1, 1957. Boots died in 2009 after a long bout with cancer. Tom and Boots enjoyed outdoor activities with their three children, traveling the Western United States. Tom had a love for motorcycles, riding his Harley Davidson until he was 77. He also enjoyed playing his guitar and had a lovely baritone voice.

Tom’s early career was in California with San Bernardino Water Works. He then entered employment in the banking industry as a mail clerk, and rose to the position of branch manager upon retirement from Wells Fargo Bank in Prineville. In 1980, he and Boots moved to Burns, where they owned and operated the Coast-to-Coast Hardware store.

Tom is survived by his son, Stephen Vincent Smallwood (Tami) of Burns; daughter, Kelly Joi Smallwood of Prineville; brother, Harry Smallwood of  Beaumont, Calif.; sister, Donna Jean Smallwood Ammon of Idaho Falls, Idaho; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Boots Smallwood; son, James Smallwood; parents, Oscar  and Elizabeth Smallwood; and siblings, Thel and Lucky Smallwood.

A memorial service will be held with military honors Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 11 a.m. at the V.F.W. Hall Post #4108, 1836 SW Veterans Way, in Redmond.  Merle Jackson will officiate.

Arrangements are in the care of Prineville Funeral Home.

Visit: www.PrinevilleFuneralHome.com to share memories or express condolences by signing the on-line guestbook.


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