Obituary for Thomas Van Gentry

Thomas Van Gentry, 72, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sept. 11, 2022, at his home in Green Valley, Arizona.  

Tom was born in Safford, Arizona, on Jan. 3, 1950.  His beloved parents are the late Anna Maude Nelson-Gentry and Lafe Ray Hartley. 

Thomas Van Gentry

Tom went to school in Duncan, and after graduating from Duncan High School in 1967, he attended college at Northern Arizona University.  After college, Tom worked in the mining industry as a lead surveyor for Cypress Mining and then as a blasting supervisor for Freeport McMoRan.  In 2016, after 46 years of service, Tom retired from the mines.

Tom loved the outdoors, singing karaoke, searching for treasure at local yard sales, and was an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys.  He was a member of the Elks Lodge and the American Legion.

Thomas Van Gentry is survived by his two sons and their families; Beau and Marcella, Michael and Corinne;  grandchildren, Caitlin, Hannah, Anhelica, Tommy, and Toni; five great-grandchildren; his sister, Joan, and his fiancée, Carmen Kraff. 

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