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Tom Hallinan was a great family man and friend to everyone who crossed his path. He truly lived by the Golden Rule in both his personal and professional lives. He is survived by his wife Carolyn; sisters Helen Bauman and Sherley Cosio, brother Paul Hallinan; sons Tom and Tim Hallinan; grandchildren Marco Sepulveda-Hallinan; Patricia Hallinan; Emma Hyland and James Healy; stepsons John and Richard Motz and their families; and seven great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his beloved daughter Marianne.
While growing up in Oakdale Tom was a successful student athlete. He was his class’s Boy’s State Representative in junior high, and a multi-sport athlete at Oakdale High where he was known as the “glue-fingered end” on the football team. After graduating from the University of Oregon Law School Tom began his legal career in Portland. He was recruited to come back to Oakdale and returned in 1966. He served many private clients while practicing law for another 36 years in Stanislaus County. During this time he was also the City Attorney for Oakdale, Riverbank, Newman, Jamestown, and the Groveland and Denair Community Services Districts. He was respectfully known as the “Dean” of the Central Valley City Attorney Association.
Tom loved spending time at the long-held family ranch in Coulterville where he periodically ran cattle. His friends and family also knew him as a rabid University of Oregon Duck fan. Tom had a legendary sense of humor and will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Consistent with his wishes, a celebration of his life will be held at the H-B in the near future.
The Oakdale (Calif.) Leader
The Riverbank (Calif.) News
July 14, 2021