1944 – 2013

CAMARILLO, Calif. — John Thomas Manchester died peacefully in his sleep at home in Camarillo, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

He was born in Portland on Nov. 29, 1944, the son of Dr. Virgil Manchester and Juanita Crow Manchester, and spent his youth growing up in Lewiston-Auburn.

After serving in the U.S. Army from March 1969 to December 1970, and graduating from a university, he began his career in the financial services industry. Tom moved from Tulsa, Okla., to California in 1984 to become senior vice president, resident manager of the Smith Barney Century City office, where he remained until his retirement in 2000.

Tom was a resident of Ventura County, Calif., for the past 30 years. He is survived by his beloved wife, Melinda Doi Manchester; sons, Coleman (Katie) and Christopher (Eliza); grandchildren, Caleb, Chloe, Kennedy and Rhys; and brother, Lawrence (Donna). He is also survived by his former wife, Kathryne Coleman Chandler; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Tom spent the past 14 years of his life enjoying his retirement, playing golf, traveling around the world, and spending time laughing and enjoying the company of many dear and devoted friends. He thought each day was “marvelous” and lived life to the fullest, until he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor a year ago. He was a true patriot and beloved and respected by so many, and touched the life of each person he met. He was naturally good, kind and generous, and will be remembered for his integrity, humor and friendliness.

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