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Timothy E. Caughey

January 2, 1948 — October 29, 2022

Timothy E. Caughey, January 2, 1948 – October 29, 2022

We are heartbroken as a family to announce that our loved one, Timothy E. Caughey, passed away unexpectedly at his residence on October 29, 2022.

Tim is survived by his sons and their spouses, Thomas (Stacy) Caughey and Seth (Kristina) Caughey, his beloved granddaughter Emma Caughey, his former wife and best friend Susan Caughey, and his former wife Darlene Caughey, the beloved mother of his sons, Tom and Seth. He is preceded in death by his father Thomas Elwood Caughey, mother Florence Yvonne Caughey, sister Judy Caughey, and his son Alexander Timothy Caughey.

Tim was born in Santa Rosa, CA in 1948.  He treasured his mother as well as his sister and shared memories of them often.  Tim was a Military Veteran and served during Vietnam as an Air Traffic Controller in the United States Marine Corps. Tim was very proud that both of his sons carried out the tradition by also serving in the United States Marine Corps and they shared stories often with laughs, winks and nudges.  Tim would later go on to a variety of professional positions including being an Air Traffic Controller for Los Angeles Departures (boy did he have some stories here to tell), a 911 Dispatcher at Kitsap County, WA, a trainer for 911 Computer Aided Dispatch systems at Intergraph, and finally, at Scottsdale Police Department as Parking Control Enforcement.

Tim was an intelligent and witty man that had an endearing sense of humor.  He enjoyed long conversations with his family, talking about the Seahawks, discussing worst case scenario political outcomes, eating sandwiches or hamburgers with a knife and fork, old t-shirts, the sunshine, traveling, solitaire, history, spoiling his grandchild, reading books, watching DVDs, baseball games, and Golf, the Rolling Stones and a nightly cigar with a chilled glass of modestly okay wine. 

A man sometimes of few words and sometimes of many, those who loved him know what we mean, he felt deeply for his family and those closest to him. He was especially proud of the men his sons have become. He was especially proud of his only granddaughter, Emma (or as he called her “Baby Girl”). His presence will be greatly missed along with the love he gave openly to his family.

With our perfect, imperfect, blended family, we all share a deep love for him, and he will be eternally missed. We know he will be the angel watching over us.

If you feel inclined, in lieu of a service or flowers, his family asks for donations to be made to Tunnels to Towers.


“Wherever You May Be” by Bonnie Raitt

As simple as breathing, I picture your face.  All tangled up in daydreams and shielded with grace. I feel you beside me. Wherever you may be, Lift your hand for me.  There’s somewhere in my heart, only for you. If I must do without, I’ll let all these sparks fly out.  Across the wilderness from me to you.  As certain as sunrise, your image unwinds.  You’re clearer than crystal, you fill up my mind. Now I have you by my side. Wherever you may be, lift up your hand for me.  There’s somewhere in my heart, only for you. Through continents divide, and lonely thoughts collide, our Heaven will allow no distance now. I can always close my eyes, take your absence by surprise, hold my breath and make believe.  As simple as breathing, I picture your face.  All tangled in daydreams and shielded with grace.  There’s somewhere in my heart, only for you.

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