ILWACO — Thomas Trotta, 88, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Dec. 17, 2016 in Ilwaco. Tom was born Oct. 13, 1927, in Riverside, Calif., to Maud and Frank Trotta. Tom loved his family and friends, God and his country.
He worked on the family farm in Riverside, attended school and later joined the U.S. Navy, serving as a Seaman first class on the USS Talladega at the end of WWII. He also served in the Oregon National Guard.
Thomas attended Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore., and received a law degree at U.C. Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco in 1954. He was a licensed attorney in both California and Oregon, and served as Assistant Attorney General for the Oregon Bureau of Labor. In 1975 he was appointed as an Administrative Law Judge and held an office at the courthouse in Portland.
After retiring, Tom enjoyed hand-building his oceanfront home, his church community, his rescue cat, collecting and restoring antique clocks and “anything nautical.” He toured the world, preferably by ship, or on his beloved BMW motorcycle. Tom explored the USA, Canada — then Britain and Europe.
He is survived by son, Anthony Trotta; daughter, Alison Kirklin (Brook); and nieces, Sarah Trotta (Jed Baker), Suzanne Trotta and Tory Trotta. Tom truly devoted his life to the service of others and we are grateful for our time with him.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at noon, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 1465 Grand Ave., Astoria, Ore., with a reception following the service. Internment by the family at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. In lieu of flowers, we suggest remembrances to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 3101 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97239.