Tom Bland was born in Gary, Indiana in 1949. The family
stayed in Indiana until he was twelve; when in 1961, the family moved to
California. Tom attended junior high school in Southern California and
graduated from Leuzinger high school.
Tom joined the Navy in 1968 and was trained as a Hospital Corpsman and
later as an Optician. During his ten years, he spent eight years
stationed with the Marine Corps as part of the Fleet Marine Force.
Tom spent 20 years as an executive for several optical companies; acting
as a troubleshooter, a trainer, and Regional Manager. He was also
President of two companies prior to his current position at Spirit
Tom was raised to Master Mason in 1976 at Oasis of Mara Lodge 732 F&AM
in Twentynine Palms, California. He became a member of Sheridan #64 in
1997. Since then, he has served as Master of the Lodge four (4) times.
He has been District Deputy and served on the Public Education and
Grievance & Appeals committees.Tom has been a Shrine Mason since 2006.
Tom has been married to his wonderful Lady Kathy since 1971. They have a
son, Marc, who is also a Mason, and a daughter, Heather. They have four
granddaughters and two grandsons. Tom’s company moved him and his family
to Keizer, Oregon in 1992 and the family later settled down in Willamina,
Oregon in 1997, where they now call home.