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Update: Gearhart’s Tom Thies on road to recovery

Family starts fund to meet medical costs
By R.J. Marx

The Daily Astorian

Published on February 6, 2018 2:06PM

Tom Thies

Lois Zirbel

Tom Thies

Family members are seeking assistance for a small business owner in Gearhart.

On Dec. 17, Tom Thies suffered a massive pulmonary embolism in the emergency room at Providence Seaside Hospital. He was flown by Life Flight to Providence St. Vincent in Portland.

“Tom has been moved out of ICU and is improving well,” his sister-in-law Lois Zirbel reported. “He has a long road to recovery with rehab being planned in Seaside.” 

Already, 24 people have contributed to a fund established on Thies’ behalf. “Winters are hard anyway, but as you can imagine, this is not only emotionally catastrophic, but financially as well for my entire family … There are so many people who need help these days but these small business owners have no backup.”

A Life Flight bill of $40,000 is not covered by his medical insurance, she said.

Thies served on the Gearhart City Council and Planning Commission. He is a committee member for the new fire station in Gearhart.

“Tom’s a pretty special guy,” City Administrator Chad Sweet said. “To me he’s one of my trusted advisers. And he is one of the only guys to go to every single meeting of the Planning Commission and City Council. He keeps an eye on the city. He does a good job with that. He’s got a lot of good ideas and I’m hoping for a speedy recovery.”

Tom and his wife Stacy own Thies’ Green Thumb landscaping business. He and his wife have helped raise thousands for the March of Dimes, Zirbel said, among civic efforts.

Visit to help meet medical costs.

“Tom is a hard-working man and any help would be appreciated,” Sweet said.


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