Thomas J. O'Donnell III, known to many as "OD", gained his wings on April 24th, 2021, with loved ones by his side, at the age of 64. Tom was born on August 11th, 1956, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Tom & Margaret "Peg" O'Donnell and was the oldest of 4 children. The family moved to Erial, New Jersey, where he grew up, spending every moment he possibly could in Wildwood on the Jersey Shore. He attended Overbrook High School in Pine Hill, graduating in 1974, then attended Camden County College, before entering the United States Air Force in 1978, where he proudly served his country for 4 years. In 1983 he moved to Tonopah, Nevada, working for Advanced Security Inc. at the Tonopah Test Range and joined the Nye County Sheriff's department in 1994, serving the community as a law enforcement officer until his retirement in 2016. He was known for his quick wit, larger than life smile, and love for his family. Tom was preceded in death by his infant daughter Meghann Kathleen, parents, Tom & Peg O'Donnell, and nephews Keith O'Donnell & Brian O'Donnell. He is survived by his children Thomas J. O'Donnell IV (T.J.), Eoghan Samuel O'Donnell, and Ryan Elise O'Donnell, granddaughters Jayliah Duckworth and Sophia Hernandez-O'Donnell, Girlfriend, Robin Becht, siblings, Mike O'Donnell (Rose), Pat O'Donnell (Jen), and Peggi Taylor (George), as well as numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Tom will be missed tremendously by all who knew and loved him. Services will be held Saturday, May 8, 2021, 12:00 P.M., at Pahrump Elks Lodge, 2220 E. Basin Ave., Pahrump, NV, 89048.
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Published by Pahrump Valley Times on May 7, 2021.