Obituary of Roland Thomas Trathen |

Obituary of Roland Thomas Trathen

Roland Thomas Trathen, known to family and friends as Tom, passed away on Aug. 5, 2015.

A celebration of his life will be held on a future date in Grass Valley, details to be provided.

He was a strong and stoic man, who loved to be outdoors, never stopped working and doing all of the things that he loved. Tom spent his career as a butcher at SPD Market. He was greatly loved by his family, friends and all that knew him. His love and smile will be forever cherished and missed.

Tom was born on Feb. 23, 1954 in Nevada City to Roland Trathen and Bernice (Morteur) Trathen. Tom is survived by his son Tevis Trathen; daughter Heather (Trathen) Wadekamper; son-in-law Michael Wadekamper; granddaughter Grace Wadekamper; sisters, Jane Green and Mary Wirtz; brothers, Ric and Rob Trathen; his best friend from first grade Stuart Paine; and many extended family members and lifelong friends who became family along the way.

Following is a saying remembered by Tom from the time he spent as a member of the Grass Valley Elk’s that brought him comfort and expressed his gratitude to all of those that helped and provided support to him:

As we walk through the valley of life,

let us do good to all man

for we pass this way but once.

We cannot retrace our steps,

nor call back the days that are gone,

but the passing moment is ours long enough

to grasp the hand in friendship

to lighten each others burdens

to bring rest to the weary

and comfort to those who mourn.

For anyone that would like to pay tribute to Tom, donations may be made to the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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