Timothy Lee Trease was born July 20, 1967 and passed away peacefully surrounded by family after a five-month month battle with cancer on Monday, August 28, 2017 in Oak Harbor, WA, at the age of 50.
Tim was born to Larry and Gail (McKissick) Trease in Hawthorne, NV. A native of Nevada, Tim lived in Tuscarora, Wadsworth, Fernley, Tonopah, Fallon, Sparks, and Elko with brief residences in Boise, ID and Sandy, UT.
Tim attended Elko Grammar School #2 and Elko High School, then went on to graduate from Sparks High School in 1986. After graduation, Tim enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served from 1986 through 1990, which included time in California and Southeast Asia: Japan, the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Island of Borneo. Tim continued his service to our nation as a member of the Army Reserve and Utah Army National Guard from 1991 through 1995.
Tim believed in the value of education and worked hard to earn his degrees to help him achieve his career goals. Tim obtained his Associate of Arts from Western Nevada College; Associate of Biological Sciences from Western Nevada College; Bachelor’s Degree with a major in Biology/Communications and a minor in Biology from the University of Nevada, Reno; Master Certificate in Project Management from Villanova University;, and a Master of Science Degree in Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he graduated with a medal of distinction (4.0 GPA) in his graduating class.
Tim began his career on the Tonopah Test Site as a Smokey Sam technician—firing rockets as visual cues to aircraft when the aircraft engaged with simulated enemy radars. Always one to better himself for his family, Tim applied for and held many different positions with Loral Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, URS, and AECOM. His ultimate career goal was to achieve a contract site manager position on one of the many ranges comprising the Combined Tactical Training Range. After gaining valuable, diversified range experience and completing years of schooling, Tim achieved his career goal in September 2016; becoming the Contract Site Manager for the Pacific Northwest Electronic Warfare Range at Whidbey Island and Pacific Beach, WA.
Tim enjoyed outdoor activities (boating, hiking, camping, fishing. trapping and hunting) with his friends and family. He loved the stories that came from doing these activities. But most importantly, Tim would like to be remembered for being a good father to his children, a good husband to his wife, a good role model for his community, a good coach for AYSO soccer, and for always treating others with kindness and respect.
Tim is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Berg-Trease of Oak Harbor, WA; daughter Britney (Trease) Grimm and son-in-law Marshall Grimm of Logan, UT; daughters Bailey and Bella Trease of Oak Harbor, WA; sister Jennifer Trease-Jones (Mark Jones) of Fallon, NV; brother Chris Trease (Joy) of Columbus, MS. Tim is also survived by his mother-in-law Joanne (Ollerich) Berg of Sioux Falls, SD; as well as Jackie’s sisters, Julianne (Jairo) Berg-Chapparo of Dyer, NV and Jessica (Paul) Preister of Vermillion, SD; as well as numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews from both sides of the family. Mostly, Tim is survived by many other friends who will also forever cherish his memory.
Tim was preceded in death by his father, Larry Trease; his mother, Gail (McKissick) Trease; grandparents: Andrew ‘Jack’ Trease and Vera (Cook) Trease, Wallace Bruce McKissick and Pauline (Hoody) McKissick; Jackie’s father Roger Berg; Jackie’s grandparents: William and Julia Ollerich, and William and Tilly Berg; and many aunts and uncles.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017, 11:00 AM at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Fallon, NV, Rev. Fr. Antonio Quijano Jr., Celebrant. Family and friends are encouraged to share memories and condolences at www.whidbeymemorial.com. Anyone wishing to make a donation on behalf of the family may do so in memory of Tim at Navy Federal Credit Union, in the name of Jacqueline Trease.