5/1/1937 – 12/21/2013
Tom was born on May 01, 1937 in Los Angeles, CA to Tom and Mable Goldenbee. Tom lost his father at the tender age of 7 to Hypertropic Cardiomyopathy, the same hereditary heart condition that cut his life short. Tom started work at 14 to help support his Mother and younger Brother. Always a warrior for his family, Tom spent his whole life planning for the security and happiness of those he loved. He was truly selfless. Although eligible for a transplant, Tom refused to place his name on the waiting list; not wanting to take a heart that could go to younger candidates. Tom is survived by his wife Roberta Goldenbee, Son Troy Goldenbee (wife Jessie) Daughter Kathy Powell (husband Chris), Brother Mike Goldenbee (wife Judy) Brother in Law Tom Tinker (wife Peggy) , his six Grandchildren, four Great Grandchildren and far to many friends to mention.
Tom’s also dedicated his life’s work to the safety of others, fighting fires, protecting lives, and property while working with the US Forest Service. In 1957 Tom began his career as a North Shore Patrolman, on Arrowhead Ranger District, advancing to Engineer, Foreman, and finally a Helicopter foreman. As a Hot Shot foreman, Asst. Recreation Officer, Air Attack, Asst. Fire Control Officer, Fire Control Officer on Cajon Ranger District, Fire Prevention Officer and Fire Management Officer , on the Los Prietos Ranger District. Tom worked on fires all over the Western United States. He was also a Master Mechanic, a Mason at Rim of the World Masonic Lodge #711, and belonged to Santa Barbara Elks Lodge, and was the past President of Los Compadres, (Forest Service retiree group). Tom did many jobs after retiring from the US Forest Service, Driving Fire Crews in the Bus, Operated Air Tanker Bases contracting with the US Forest Service in Santa Barbara and Ramona, even writing a ma intenance manual for John Deer while he worked as a maintenance manager at the Ocean Meadows Golf Course.
Tom enjoyed flying Air Attack and his time spent with the tanker pilots and fire crews. Perhaps Tom’s greatest achievement and joy was the blessings he bestowed on his loving wife and family. He was always there for advice, help, support or just a hug. He always seemed to have what was needed and he will be missed.
Donations can be made in Tom’s name to the National Museum of Forest Service History, PO Box 2772 Missoula, MT 59806-2772 or a Charity of your choice. A celebration of Tom’s life will be held Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm at Lyon’s Park, 6197 Casitas Pass Rd., Carpinteria, CA.
5/1/1937 – 12/21/2013