Tom DeMaris, a former police officer, died Dec. 21, 2005. He was 62.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Tillamook Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Mr. DeMaris was born Oct. 14, 1943, in San Francisco, Calif., to Melvin Nitz and Virginia (Dear) DeMaris. He was married to Vicki Handly and they had two children, Vonda Kay and Michael Robert. They divorced and he married Sandy Higgins on May 28, 1983.

Mr. DeMaris began his career as a police officer on Oct. 21, 1964, in Arligton, Texas, achieving the rank of sergeant. In Oregon, he spent several years as a police officer for the Port of Portland. In 1981, he moved to Grant County Sheriff's Office in John Day where he worked as a deputy and sergeant. In 1984, he moved his family to Tillamook, where he was a sergeant and captain at the Tillamook Police Department. He held basic, intermediate and advanced police certificates. He won several awards throughout his police career. He retired in May of 1999, due to medical reasons.

Mr. DeMaris enjoyed planes, trains and boats and loved playing with them. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Sandy; daughters, Vonda and husband, Felipe; Michele and husband, Vern; Barbara and husband, Jerry; sons, Mike Demaris; Tom Higgins and wife, Ann, and Jim Higgins; brother, Rex DeMaris of Salem; sister, Rene Yao of Calif.; grandchildren, Jacob, Tessa, Shaun, Austin, Kaitlyn, Sara, Lexie, Ben, Lydia and Sara; and numerous nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made at TLC Federal Credit Union.

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