Tommy “Tom” Dean Whitaker, Age 79, born Dec 1, 1937 in Blanchard, Oklahoma; went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Oct 31, 2017. He died in his beloved hometown of Santa Rosa, CA. Tom is reunited with his father Freeman Rex and mother Anna Louise Whitaker and his son Ronald Duane Whitaker. Survived by his wife: Elizabeth Ann Whitaker, daughters Kimilyn Grace Whitaker, Kristin Louise Eakin, Korin Sue Whitaker, grandchildren Justin Andrew Eakin, Jordin Mae Eakin, Joshua William Eakin, Jenna Grace Eakin and Lauren Paige Holuby, brother Jim Whitaker and sister in law Cheryl, sister Sue Whitaker, brother Gary Whitaker, and an extended family of relations and friends from all walks of life who loved him dearly.
An intrepid student of life, Tom graduated from Ukiah Union High School class of 1956 and was awarded an Athletics Scholarship to University of Nevada Reno. A member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, he received a Sigma Tau Engineering Scholastic Honorary. While playing four years of football and two years of baseball, during his junior year, Tom was the national pass receiving champion in college football in the country. After graduation, he signed with the Dallas Cowboys. Concurrently, Tom served his country for eight years in the United States Army Reserves achieving the rank of Captain.
Tom served as President, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Motion Analysis Corporation (MAC) for over twenty years, a high tech company, the world’s leading provider of video based computer imaging motion computer equipment with offices throughout the U.S. as well as London, Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing. In 2005, MAC systems, used in advanced computer graphic production applications for animation and in full feature movies, video games and broadcast as well as use in medicine, sports, microbiology and industrial virtual training, was awarded four technical achievement Oscars by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Tom was previously employed by General Electric Company for twenty years where he held twelve assignments and relocations throughout the U.S. from trainee to general management in sales, sales management, strategic planning, engineering, manufacturing, customer service and finance. He completed the highest level General Electric Executive Development programs. Tom holds a B.S.E.E. degree from the University of Nevada Reno, class of 1960, and a M.B.A. degree from the University of California Berkeley. Tom served for ten years as a Director and Chairman of the Board for Redwood Empire Bankcorp, National Bank of the Redwood and Allied Savings Bank. He also served as a Director of Dry Creek Vineyards, Standard Structures, was a member of the advisory board of the Department of Engineering Science at Sonoma State University, and was active member of his beloved Penngrove Community Church.
Tom celebrated a big life and traveled the world with his life-partner and loving wife Elizabeth, whom he adored. “Papa Tom” loved his daughters unconditionally and cherished every moment he spent with his beloved grandchildren.
A public viewing will be held on Friday, November 10th from 4:00 pm-8:00 pm at Santa Rosa Memorial Park, 1900 Franklin Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95404. Viewing continues Saturday November 11th from 9:30-10:30 am prior to burial services which begin at 11:00am. A memorial service with reception to follow will be held for Tom on Saturday, November 11th at 2:00 pm at Penngrove Community Church, 9970 Oak Street, Penngrove, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Penngrove Community Church, Penngrove, CA.