Thomas Jay Grove Obituary – The Arizona Republic

Tom set off on his final fishing trip, ending his time on land peacefully in Phoenix, Arizona on September 5, 2022. He was born in Phoenix on August 30, 1933 and recently celebrated his 89th birthday surrounded by his immediate family . Of course, we ate his favorite meal, Mexican food. Tom was a proud veteran, an avid fisherman (tying his own flies), amateur photographer, devoted coin collector (and so many other artifacts), hiker of Arizona trails, and a master barbecuer every Sunday evenings. Tom was especially honored to serve in the United States Navy, aboard the USS O’Brien during the Korean War. After an honorable discharge in 1956, he began a long career in public service in Arizona. He soon met his wife, Mary Ann, and they married in 1957, and quickly expanded their family with four daughters (no boys allowed except dad). After retiring from the Arizona civil service, he and his siblings embarked on many adventures across Arizona to old mining towns, rode the trains in northern Arizona, and visited the diverse landscape of the state he loved. He also occasionally reunited with shipmates from the USS O’Brien to reminisce about their time at sea. He loved his family, especially his “Grove Girls”. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; his daughters, Karen Woodhouse, Jill Andrews (Marc), Jennifer Whallon and Kelleigh Evans (Bob). He is also survived by his sister and hiking friend, Vonda Grove; his nephew, Kenneth Grove (Karen); and his niece, Kim Turgesen (Bryan). He is predeceased by his mother, Marie Doran; her father, Bennie Grove; and his brother, Bill Grove. Tom was “Pa” to his nine grandchildren: Sara Brenner (Jason), Molly McCarthy (Sean), Kari Evans (Jessie), Christopher Woodhouse; Jordan, Kadin, Connor and Chandler Andrews; and Asenath Whallon. His great-grandchildren (so far) include: Jace, Jett and Dillon Brenner; Paxton, Ronan, Kate, Cora and Hayes Evans-Francisco; and Anne, Elizabeth and James McCarthy. A celebration of life for Tom will be held on September 14, 2022 at Shadow Mountain Mortuary, 2350 E. Greenway Rd in Phoenix. Tours begin at 8:30 a.m., with services at 9:00 a.m. Interment with military funeral honors follows at the National Memorial Cemetery, 23029 N Cave Creek Rd in Phoenix in the pavilion area at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hospice of the Valley or the Arizona Military Relief Fund. To our sailor, we say fair winds and fair seas, until we meet again.

Posted on September 09, 2022

Posted in The Arizona Republic

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Visitation

Shadow Mountain Mortuary, 2350 E. Greenway Rd in Phoenix

September 14, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

funeral

Shadow Mountain Mortuary, 2350 E. Greenway Rd in Phoenix

September 14, 2022 at 09:00

burial

National Memorial Cemetery, 23029 N Cave Creek Rd in Phoenix

September 14, 2022 at 11:00