Tim was born and grew up in Chicago. Living with his maternal grandmother, parents, and sister. There he went to Catholic schools - gaining scars on his knuckles and an ability to flinch at the mere sight of a nun. He volunteered at Alternatives and participated in theatre.
He went to Loyola to work on his theatre major. While at Loyola, he worked at Second City, yes.. that Second City. One day he was trying out for a part and another actor stepped up to audition before him. That actor was John Malkovich. After seeing the audition, Tim backed up and thought to himself, “I gotta find me a new job”. Being just a bartender wasn’t where he wanted to be and so he made a turn in a different direction.
He joined the U.S. Air Force in July 1984. He trained in Louisiana and his first tour of duty was Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada. His second tour took him to Alaska, just in time for the oil spill of the Valdez. He and other volunteers worked tirelessly to clean up the oil spill damage.
His next transfer got him to Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, which is where he met his wife. They met when he came back from Desert Storm in April 1991. Their first date was Nov 10, 1991. He proposed twice. Once by accident April 1992, and the next time on purpose June 27, 1992. He married Sandra Jean on Sep 28, 1992. He acquired a teenage daughter in the bargain. She called him dad after a time. Tim and Sandy would eventually adopt their son in 2000.
His career in the military took him to South Korea, Germany, Hawai’i, Colorado, Nebraska, and Wyoming. He worked Joint Task Force Command Centers for the most part. He was in the command center when the Emi Maru was struck and capsized by a Naval submarine in Pearl Harbor, and off duty in Cheyenne when 9-11 happened. He was on the team that got NorthCom up and running. He volunteered for Norad, Tracking Santa in Cheyenne Mountain with his wife and son. He regularly volunteered for events such as fairs and rodeos as part of the military giving back to the community.
He retired from the Air Force after 23 yrs in July 2007, finally settling in Idaho to be near his daughter. There he found a second career with the Idaho State Department of Agriculture. He learned about organics and translated his “Radar O’Reilly with combat skills” persona to the desk he held for a little over 10 years. He gave of himself to that new group of coworkers, always willing to help, give a hug, help organize a shift cover, or a donation drive. His stories would make people smile. His humor, his willingness to listen, and his easy smile were always present and appreciated.
He was a “dad” to many because he cared and he gave support and love wherever it was needed.
He became a massage therapist through Carrington College all while continuing to work for the state. He volunteered with Helping Hands Hospice by giving massages for free, and by doing 11th Hour Family Respite. He gave his massages away as raffle prizes to various fundraising events.
On Nov 10, 2019, Tim was taken off of life support at St. Luke’s Downtown Boise after a two-day fight to save him. He had his wife and family by his side, holding his hands, and listening to his last heartbeat, helping him cross over the rainbow bridge as peacefully as could be managed.
He was preceded in death by both his parents Joseph Tracy and Rita (Bowers) Tracy. He leaves behind his wife Sandra (Martin) Tracy of Boise, Idaho, his daughter Shannon Spencer and his son-out-law Bruce Arnold of Pocatello, Idaho, his son Conal Tracy of Boise, Idaho, as well as his sister Linda (Tracy) Olejneczak of Romeoville, Illinois.
He was loved. He will be missed.
Cremation is being handled by Bowman Funeral Parlor, 10254 W. Carlton Bay Dr., Garden City, ID 83714. Flowers and condolences can be sent there, or to the Tracy home at 6018 W. Port Ln. #101, Boise ID 83703. Tim’s favorite color was blue and he loved all kinds of flowers. He loved owls, wizards, and dragons. He loved campfires and good coffee.
Inurnment will be 3 pm, Friday, November 29, 2019 at Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, 1000 N. Horseshoe Bend Rd., Boise, ID 83714.
Feel free to gather with your friends for dinner after the service wherever you’d like. The family looks forward to celebrating his life with you the following day.
The Wake will be held Saturday, November 30, 2019, from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the private home of friends at 3800 Wadsworth Dr., Boise, ID. Please be mindful of neighbors and don’t block their driveways.
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