Thomas Joe Cash, 82 of Winchester, passed away Saturday, October 9, 2021 at Clearwater Heath & Rehab Care Center in Orofino due to Covid 19 Pneumonia complications. He was born December 22, 1938 in Grangeville, Idaho to Joseph Armstrong Cash & Violet Marie (Lamb) Cash.
Thomas’s family moved to Winchester, ID in 1948 by horse and wagon, primarily so his father could work in the newly built lumber mill there. Thomas was 1 of 8 children. He attended the Winchester Community School where he graduated in 1955. In the years following, Thomas enlisted in the Army, and from 1960-63 he served as a weapons instructor in the Korean War. He spent 5 years after that service, in the Army Reserves.
After his time in the military Thomas began a lifelong career in the logging industry where he was a well-known and respected sawyer. After his logging stint he also dabbled in the mining trade in both the Florence, ID area; as well as, near the Lower Salmon River areas. During his time with family Thomas became known as the resident “Doctor” of animals. The Cash family has an affinity for nicknames, and after the nickname “Doc” was given to Tom it stuck with him throughout life, and as anyone who knew him could attest, that love of animals was still a vibrant force in his life. Doc enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, woodcutting, and most anything outdoors. He spent a number of years traveling around the countryside with his special friend Julia Shillings, and they were always out for a good adventure. Another bond that Doc had was with his friend Wally Eckard who took him fishing and woodcutting on many trips that he held very dear. Doc also had a niece Tanya (aka TJ) that would follow him nearly anywhere from the time she was able, and TJ can relate some exciting hunting stories from those followings, such as, the year she passed hunters safety and Doc led her into the middle of a herd of elk, surrounded as he “picked” the fattest cow to cull. According to Doc, TJ also became his “Eyes and Ears” as he needed to attend appointments in his elder years, but never his voice, he had that one down pat. He is very familiar in the town of Winchester for being the lil’ ole man who rides his lawnmower (aka. his “LawnChopper”) around town DAILY without fail, no matter the weather conditions.
He was preceded in death by his parents Joe & Violet Cash, his sisters Marie and Linda, his brothers Jim, Corky, Dave, & Ricky.
He is survived by: His brother Kenneth-Sam (Kathy) Cash of Lewiston, and Numerous other nieces, nephews, and family members in the surrounding areas.
Cremation has taken place and there is a Celebration of Life being planned that will be held later this Spring. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral home. Grangeville. Send condolences to the family to blackmerfuneralhome.com.