Thomas Francis Weston
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A graveside memorial will begin at 10 a.m. Friday for Thomas Francis “Tom” Weston, 96, a retired railroad locomotive engineer and a descendant of Tracy’s first residents.

He died Aug. 3 at the family’s Tracy home, where he was born March 29, 1918.

Born and raised in Tracy, Mr. Weston was the grandson of James and Mary Eagan, who moved to the new town of Tracy from Ellis in 1878. They were the first to arrive here, living in Central Pacific quarters.

Mr. Weston, son of William and Maggie Weston, graduated from Tracy High School in 1936 and joined the Southern Pacific in 1938 as a locomotive fireman, the third generation of the family to work for the S.P. He was promoted to engineer in 1945 and retired in 1980. He was a member of the United Transportation Union.

Mr. Weston was a rail fan who attended a number of rail-fan gatherings. He was also an avid ham-radio operator.

Survivors include a niece, Martha Buthmann, and her husband, Rex; a great-nephew, Nicholas “Nick” Buthmann of Tracy; and three great-nieces, Margaret Kalvitas of Virginia Beach, Va., Donna DeLap of Irvine and Mary DeLap of Portland, Ore.

Preceding him in death were a sister, Kate DeLap, and two brothers, William “Willie” Weston and Ky Weston.

The family prefers memorial contributions in Mr. Weston’s name to the California State Railroad Museum, 125 I St., Sacramento, CA 95814.

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