Thomas Barker: A man of integrity, his faith defined him in all areas of life

Thomas Barker

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Thomas Edward Barker of Edmonds, Washington passed from earth to heaven on May 11, 2021.

Tom was born on January 3rd, 1945 to William and Susan Barker in Medford, Oregon. Tom and his three older sisters, Jane, Molly and Ann were all raised and educated through their high school years in Medford.

Tom then attended Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon where he met Val on a blind date. After graduating from OSU with a business degree, he and Val got married on August 19, 1967 and moved to Seattle, Washington.

Tom and Val had two daughters, Angela and Lisa. Angela and her husband, Kyle Groom, gave Tom and Val two grandsons, Joshua and Sam. Lisa and her husband, Daisuke Kadobayashi, gave Tom and Val their third grandson, Hiroto.

Tom’s driving force in his life was his faith in his Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. It defined him in all areas of his life. He was a man of integrity in his church life, his family life, and in his business life.

A classic “suit and tie guy,” Tom had a long and successful career in various retail management positions.

A memorial service will be held June 19, 2021, 2PM at Evergreen Baptist Church, 19010 – 5th Avenue NE, Shoreline, Washington.

Memorial donations may be made to either:  the Alzheimer’s Association ( ~ or ~ Gideons International (

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  1. Sad to hear of the passing of Tom Barker, he will be missed. I had the pleasure to get to know Tom through networking and volunteering in the Edmonds Chamber. He was a wealth of information, kind and always had a smile on his face.

  2. I want to echo Greg’s comments. Tom was a delightful person to be around, always had a warm smile, and had a positive impact wherever he was.

  3. I met Tom through the Chamber as well. He always had a warm & friendly smile and was just a really nice person. We had many interesting conversations too. Once in a while I would run into Tom while I was out & about and he would always greet me with his signature smile.
    My condolences to Tom’s extended family & friends. He will be missed.

  4. Tom has been such a loyal, faithful Christian friend for over 50 years and such a blessing in my life.

  5. Tom was a classmate of mine. I remember that he was always caring and kind.
    Friendly and that big smile when greeting you. Tom treated me well and was
    always polite. My dad was friends with his dad.

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