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"Don't mourn for me, I've had a good life" - Ted Thom, 2019 Ted was born May 2, 1930, in Jamestown, N.D., and died at his home in Klamath Falls, Ore., on Jan. 6, 2019. He was 88, but for cancer, would likely have made it to 100. Ted graduated from Sandpoint High School in Idaho, and joined the U.S. Marines where he served three years as a radio technician and achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant during the Korean War. Ted attended the University of Washington where he met his wife, Barbara, and graduated with a zoology degree in 1958. Ted was then accepted into Dental School at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco, and graduated in June, 1962. Ted was a member of Psi Omega, a dental fraternity, and inducted into Tau Kappa Omega, the dental school scholastic honorary society. Ted then returned to the University of Washington in 1963 for Orthodontic School. His 1965 Master's thesis was titled, "A Roentgenographic Cephalometric Study of Craniofacial Variability in the Squirrel Monkey". Ted and Barbara moved their family to Klamath Falls in 1965, where Ted opened his orthodontic practice. Ted's interests were varied, primarily hunting, flying, the stock market and orthodontics. Ted loved his many hunting dogs - all named "Tule." He was an accomplished snow skier, served on the National Ski Patrol at Steven's Pass, Wash., and loved helicopter skiing with many friends. Ted was also an excellent water skier and had an open water scuba certification. Soon after setting up his practice in Klamath Falls, Ted was invited to join Rotary, where he served in many capacities including club president. Through Rotary, Ted met and maintained friendships with many. Ted was elected and served on the local school board while his children were in their influential years. Professionally, he was president of the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontics, and a charter member and president of the Oregon State Society of Orthodontics. Ted leaves behind his wife of 61 years, Barbara; two sons, Roger and wife Devera, their twins, Conley and Corinne, of Jacksonville, Ore., and Erik and wife Michelle, and their children, Collin and Kathryn, of Livermore, Calif. All family and friends are invited to Ted's Celebration of Life, at 1 p.m. Feb. 2 in the Convention Center at the Running Y Ranch Resort. Anyone wishing to donate in Ted's name is encouraged to make a contribution to the Oregon Tech Foundation, or the Sky Lakes Cancer Center.