March 12, 1922 ~ December 25, 2020
Born in: Okeechobee, Florida
Resided in: Fremont, California
On Friday December 25, 2020 Thomas Foord Evernden II MD devoted husband and loving father of five, went home to be with Jesus at the age of 98. Tom was born March 12, 1922 in Okeechobee, Florida to parents Hans Foord Evernden and Emma Rosa Wagner Evernden. He grew up in Berkeley with his three sisters, Margery, Jimmy, and Audrey, along with his twin brother Jack all preceded him in death.
Tom married Diana Abraham on August 23, 1952. They enjoyed 43 wonderful years together, prior to Diana’s death in 1995. During that time, they lovingly raised their five children, Rose Evernden-Andrade (Randy), Kathy Gronert (Mark), Tom Evernden III(Kari), Joy Evernden, and Juliana Evernden Brightwell.
Tom remarried in 1998 to Dolores (Dee) Forsythe Evernden and was preceded in death by sweet Dee in 2005. He is also survived by Deanna Forsythe, Dee’s daughter. Tom II was also preceded in death by his beloved son Tom III in 2019. Tom is survived by his grandchildren, Sancho Martinez (Gina), Nicholas Andrade, Jacob Gronert, Luke Gronert, Tommy Evernden (Crystal), Rachel Evernden (Oliver), Kait Bailey, Kenny Brightwell, and Diana Bullock (Ricky). Tom enjoyed three great grandchildren Roquell Bedolla (Elias), Grabriell Martinez, Jordyn Rae Bullock and two great-great granddaughters Isabella Rosalina and Stella Rhenn.
Following graduation from Cal Berkley and UCSF Med School Tom was a Captain in the Army for a short time. Tom and Diana returned to the Bay Area to raise their family in Fremont.
Tom began his medical practice of Obstetrics and Gynecology for 43 years in Fremont 1955. He was a “Washington Original” at Washington Hospital. He was said to be “honored with great trust and appreciation for his ability to communicate and show compassion to his patients”. He often said, the best part of being an OB/Gyn was that he “loved delivering the miracles.”
Tom and Diana raised their kids to know and love the Lord. They were very active in leadership at their church, Harbor Light with a love of Missions.
Together as a family they shared many great adventures. Tom and his family loved to ski and spend time off the grid at his beloved cabin on the Noyo River. Tom was a naturalist enjoying birding, astronomy, hiking, and entomology, particularly Butterflies. He loved horseback riding, playing tennis, and reading. At the cabin he enjoyed campfires, s‘mores, singing old songs around the campfire and pointing out the constellations to his kids. Tom was a loving father, compassionate physician, and a gentle man. His children described him as a “Great Dad” that loved the Lord, and his family with all his heart.
A celebration of life and a private burial will be held at a later date. In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to Harbor Light 4760 Thornton Ave. Fremont, CA 94536, Pathway’s Hospice 333 Hegenberger Road #700 Oakland, CA 94612 or the Oakland Zoo.
The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Thomas Foord Evernden II's name.