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Thomas Valenzuela

January 7, 1997 — January 9, 2023

Thomas Valenzuela

Thomas (“Tommy,” “Val”) Michael Valenzuela, a Navy Aircrewman, passed away on January 9, 2023 at the age of 26 in Oak Harbor, Washington.

Thomas was born on January 7, 1997, to Thomas M. Valenzuela (United States Army, Stationed at Wiesbaden, Germany) and Michelle C. Valenzuela. He graduated from Richmond Hill High School, Richmond Hill, Georgia in May 2015 and took some college courses while serving in the U.S. Navy.

As a Naval Aircrewman - Avionics (AWV), Thomas was stationed at NAS (Naval Air Station) Whidbey Island, Fleet Air Recon Squadron ONE (VQ-1) “WORLD WATCHERS!” He served as a member of a fixed wing integrated tactical aircrew aboard maritime patrol/reconnaissance/command and control aircraft. Thomas was knowledgeable of all avionics systems, safety equipment, emergency procedures, and aircraft equipment. He also performed primary in-flight and ground duties as an aircraft In-Flight Technician. Thomas went on to achieve the rate AWV2 – on the EP-3E.

Thomas enjoyed many hobbies during his free time. He liked tinkering with automobiles, playing video games, building computer gaming systems, and reading books. He also enjoyed driving and listening to music, big bonfires, and collecting and shooting various firearms. He loved being outside, and went on many outdoor adventures.

Thomas is survived by his parents and his two sisters Abigail E. Valenzuela (United States Air Force, A1C 1SOMXS/MXMFS, Stationed at Hurlburt Field, Florida) and Gabrielle A. Valenzuela (United States Navy, CTR2 CG52 USS Bunker Hill, Stationed at San Diego, California).

Tommy will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing and serving with him. May he rest in peace.
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