Tom Bryson Escott of Bothell died on March 6, 2018, in Arizona after a brief period dealing with many health issues. Tom was born in Seattle on January 23, 1936, to Roy and Ione Escott. He was fortunate to enjoy a childhood growing up on the shores of Lake Washington in Kirkland with many friends and a sister Eden. At an early age Tom joined the family business of distributing the Seattle Times to the growing Eastside. Tom’s earliest connection to becoming in his own words, ‘the world’s oldest paperboy’ began with selling three different papers on the ferry running from Kirkland to Madison Park when he was 8 years old. Tom graduated from Lake Washington High School in 1953 and remained life-long friends with many of his classmates. Tom attended WSU, graduating with honors in 1961 with a degree in Mining Engineering. During this same time Tom married Nadine Huddleston and their family eventually included Terry, Stacy, Scott and Raeanne. After graduation Tom moved to Utah to work but returned to Washington and worked at Boeing.
In 1970 he married Nancy Slupianek and they enjoyed 47 years together. When the Supersonic program was cancelled, and lights were being turned off throughout Seattle, Tom rejoined his father’s newspaper distribution business with the plan of going back to the aeronautical industry when it rebounded. When his father retired, the Seattle Times asked Tom if he wanted to take over the business. As they say, the rest is history, and he remained in that business until he retired. Tom and Nancy ran the 24/7 newspaper business for many years and enjoyed family and friends as the years sped by. They eventually became snowbirds and spent many happy winters in Surprise, AZ. RVing was a big part of their lives and they enjoyed doing it for 20 plus years and made many wonderful friends along the roads and byways. A trip to Blue Lake was an annual outing and treat for the kids and grandkids. Tom loved his golf and had three holes-in-one to brag about. Tom will be lovingly recalled as a genuinely nice person, a common sentiment from many, including caregivers who helped at the end. He was a man of integrity and honesty, was thoughtful and fair and had a good sense of humor. He will be missed and affectionately remembered by many. Tom is survived by wife Nancy, sister Eden Carter (Bud), children Stacy McHarness (Dan), Scott (Catherine), Raeanne Brideau (Edmund), daughter-in-law Laurie Escott, former wife Nadine Masoero, 10 grandchildren, three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and son Terry. He was a member of Overlake Park Presbyterian Church and the Elks. His memorial will be Sunday, June 3, 2 p.m, at Overlake Park Presbyterian Church, 1836 156th Ave., Bellevue, WA 98007 with reception following. Memorials in Tom’s name can be made to the Overlake Park Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund or the Humane Society, 13212 SE Eastgate Way, Bellevue, WA 98005