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John Thomas Drumheller obituary

Published on October 10, 2017 12:01AM

Last changed on October 10, 2017 11:16AM

John ‘Tom’ Drumheller

John ‘Tom’ Drumheller

Cannon Beach

Aug. 15, 1953 — Sept. 17, 2017

Tom Drumheller, CEO of Escape Lodging in Cannon Beach, had just completed the largest development project of his life, The Lodge at Columbia Point in Richland, Washington, when he was diagnosed with cancer and died 17 days later.

Drumheller was known to work hard and enjoy life to the fullest, in equal measure, leaving a swath from the Wallowa Mountains to the Oregon Coast. He led an exemplary life of integrity, character and extraordinary kindness. Drumheller “walked his talk,” significantly influencing the lives of his business associates, employees, friends and, of course, his beloved family. It is poignant and suiting that organizers are challenged to find a large enough venue in which to hold a celebration of Tom’s life later this month.

Raised in Walla Walla, Washington, Drumheller attended Washington State University. Along with partner Patrick Nofield, Drumheller started a small hospitality company headquartered in Cannon Beach, Oregon, that grew to employ nearly 600 loyal and devoted workers. Recognized for his success and expertise in the hospitality industry, he was recently inducted into the Carson College of Business Hall of Fame at Washington State.

Drumheller is survived by the love his life for over 42 years, Christy; his great source of pride, their two daughters Britney and Brook; Brook’s husband, Cory Burnett, and their sons, Ethan and Kael.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at 11 a.m., at North Coast Family Fellowship in Seaside, Oregon.

Additionally there will be a reception gathering on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at the The Marcus Whitman Hotel in Walla Walla, Washington. More details to follow.

Funeral arrangements by Hughes-Ransom Mortuary and Crematory in Astoria/Seaside. Please visit the online tribute and guest book at


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