Tom died peacefully in the early morning hours of January 22, 2022. His final days were comfortable and surrounded by loved ones at the Evergreen Health Hospice Care Center in Kirkland. Born October 3, 1951, Tom was the eldest son of the late Harold and Betty Wick and brother to Cathy (deceased), Robin, David, and Beth. He was raised in the Rainier Valley neighborhood of Seattle and graduated from Franklin High School. In his youth, he was a competitive athlete and proud of being selected MVP of SE Seattle Little League and representing the Seattle All-Stars in a game played at the Los Angeles Coliseum in front of a crowd of 100,000 spectators. He was also active as a horn player with the Imperials Drum & Bugle Corps, and never missed the Seafair hydroplane races at Stan Sayres Memorial Park. After high school, he graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. Through his college years and early adulthood, he continued to follow his love of music, playing local shows and recording an album with legendary music group June 3rd - "the best date you've ever heard."
Tom was entrepreneurial-minded and a talented businessman. He began his career as a CPA and founded his own accounting firm, H Thomas Wick & Company, later selling the practice to Grant Thornton. He then went on to start a concert production company and a trading card business featuring scenes of Seattle and San Francisco. In 1998, he moved on to real estate development and investments, with projects throughout Washington State as well as in Idaho, Oregon, and Arizona. Throughout his career, he demonstrated high integrity, a strong work ethic, and the ability to have fun while getting the job done.
Tom was kind, generous, and full of life. He enjoyed spending time with family and making people laugh. He was an avid collector of baseball memorabilia and a season ticket holder with the Mariners, Sonics, Seahawks, and Sounders sports teams. He once climbed Mt Rainier, and enjoyed a variety of outdoor activities such as fishing, biking, and skiing. Together with his wife of 42 years, Marianne, he raised three children: Olin (Jenny), Colby (Aga), and Mariye (Matt). He was also beloved GPT (Grandpa Tom) to Saatchi, Riley, Louis, Zosia, Bodhi, and Sidney. His kids will always appreciate his involvement and encouragement in their sporting events and education. He never missed a game. Special family memories include attending concerts and jazz festivals together, cheering on the Seahawks at Super Bowl XL in Detroit, and a journey to Tom's ancestral homeland of Norway in 2014. He will be remembered for his contagious laughter and his endless repertoire of Sven and Ole jokes.
A private burial service was held on February 11th at Crown Hill Cemetery in Seattle. A memorial service is being planned for later this year. Remembrances can be made to music4life.org.