Thomas Albert Kirchner


Thomas passed away on Sunday, Jan. 9 due to complications from COVID-19. His family is heartbroken over his sudden passing. Tom, as he liked to be called, was born in Chicago, Illinois to Albert and Rosemary Kirchner. In 1966, he moved with his family to La Crescenta where he attended La Crescenta Elementary School, Rosemont Middle School, Crescenta Valley High School and Glendale Community College. He was a Boy Scout and earned the rank Eagle Scout and also participated in Babe Ruth Baseball League. He rode his bike, and then his dirt bike, whenever he could, both in the local hills and the various deserts around Southern California and Baja, Mexico.

He has three beautiful daughters – Sarah, Kristine and Brittney – who he was very proud of. The place he called home was Lytle Creek, California. He loved the mountain community and all that the mountains had to offer.

He recently wrote: “I work for everyone in my community. When done, I put on my gear and ride my dirt bike till dark.”

Tom had a huge heart and never said a mean word about anyone. He was always willing to help whether he knew you or not. He was a skilled plumber, electrician, dry waller, tiler, stone mason – well, just about everything. No job was too small. He really enjoyed working with his hands creating and problem solving. He recently was working on rock walls near his home and really enjoyed the entire artistic process. 

He is survived by both of his parents, four sisters, three daughters and five grandchildren. His younger brother previously passed in 1983. 

A celebration of Tom’s life will be held at a future date.