Thomas Norman Heutmaker


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Tom Heutmaker

Thomas Norman Heutmaker passed away on October 21, 2021 at Providence hospital in Everett, with his long-time companion, Cindy Harris, and his parents close by.

Tom was born October 14, 1961 in Seattle and grew up on Scenic Hill in Kent.  He was an honors graduate from Kent-Meridian High School in 1980 and was a state wrestling champion that year after finishing 4th in the state in his junior year.  Tom went on to attend the University of Washington and Washington State, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, and to graduate from the UW’s Foster School of Business in 1985 with a BA in Business.

After college, Tom was admitted to the prestigious Naval Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida, from which he graduated in October of 1985 and became a naval aviator.  Tom served in the Navy until 1992 mostly flying helicopters in various places around the U.S. and the world, including California, Texas, Virginia, Louisiana, Spain, Israel, Germany, and Italy, to name a few.  He ended his Navy career at the rank of Lieutenant with his last position being an instructor for aspiring aviators.  After being honorably discharged, Tom came home to the Seattle area and began a career in sales, primarily in the auto industry, but also branching out into the mortgage industry, real estate, building materials, and internet and cable tv sales.  In fact, Tom was an early innovator in online car sales at Bowen Scarff Ford receiving recognition from Ford Motor Company as one of the top online sales reps on the West Coast.

Tom was preceded in death by  his sister, Amy, his nephew, Cramer Thomas Helton, and an infant brother John.  He is survived by his companion, Cindy, his parents, Norman “Whiz” and Sheila Heutmaker, his sisters, Heidi (and Alan) DeCarteret, Melissa Heutmaker, and Carrie (and Ron) Nelson, numerous nieces and nephews, and a huge extended family on both the Heutmaker and Sullivan (Sheila’s family) sides.  Tom also had an extended group of friends from Scenic Hill with whom he kept in touch for his whole life.

From an early age Tom was a budding entrepreneur, delivering newspapers, selling Christmas trees, doing yard-work and selling Fuller Brushes door to door to earn spending money.  His adventurous spirit meant that he was always the first among his peers to try things and seldom showed any fear of failure.  In addition to his success in wrestling, Tom played football and soccer as a youth and had a great passion for skiing and playing the guitar that extended in to his later years.

Update effective 4/13/2022

A Mass of Christian Burial and a Celebration of Life will be celebrated in Tom’s honor on Friday, May 20, 2022 at 11:00 am at Saint Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church located at 13055 SE 192nd St, Renton, WA 98058. A reception will follow in the St. Stephen’s social hall.

9 Responses to “Thomas Norman Heutmaker”

  • Jill Chi says:

    You will be missed cousin Tom!! We love you all so much❣️❣️
    💕Love the Chi Crew

  • Steve Blanchard says:

    So sorry for your loss. We’ll will keep you in our thoughts. Steve and Robyn.

  • Mark Rauch says:

    I didn’t have the privilege of knowing Tom, but his dad, Norm, is a very dear friend. I know from conversations with Norm he is deeply proud of all his children and loves them with all his big heart. I’m hurting for Norm and for all of Tom’s family and friends. RIP Tom.

  • Lynn Babcock says:

    Sheila and Whiz and family, please accept our very deepest sympathy, in your loss of Tom.

    You are in our thoughts and prayers,

    Lynn and Tom Babcock

  • Vicki Lee Schmitz says:

    I am so sad for you and your family. What an outstanding young man was your Tom. Bless you both!

  • Kari (Braunschweig) says:

    Remembering Tommy Boy. I consider you a cousin, as our families have been connected for longer than we have lived. Gone too soon, all who have known and loved you will miss you and remember you. There are many stories to share! ♡Kari

  • Phyllis Staples says:

    Whiz and Sheila, I am so sorry for the loss of your son. Sending thoughts, prayers and hugs. Phyllis

  • April McClain Humphrey says:

    I was shocked and saddened to hear of Toms passing. I will cherish forever memories starting in Junior High. He will be missed.

  • Bob and Debi Hastings says:

    Whiz-Losing your Son is very much a kin to the experience we went through last year when we lost my daughter, the loss is a heart breaking life changing event, the sadness will linger but the knowledge that you always supported and loved him can give you strength that he knew it. Through the years of our friendship I know you always set a wonderful example for a wonderful child. Be strong and we send our support and love to you. Bob and Debi

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