Thomas F. Mayburry, 59, a longtime Moscow resident and businessman, died Thursday, July 7, 2011, at the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland. Thomas Franklin Mayburry was born March 25, 1952, in Spokane.
He graduated from Moscow High School in 1970, and after high school Tom served in the U.S. Navy.
From 1977 to 1999, he owned and operated The Nobby Inn Restaurant and Lounge, as his father had before him. He also owned The Paradise Steak House. He served as president of the Moscow Chamber of Commerce in 1982 through 1983, and the North Idaho Chamber of Commerce.
In 1999, he received a bachelor's of applied science in hotel and restaurant management from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston. He went on to earn a master's of education in adult education and a doctorate in education from the University of Idaho in Moscow.
Dr. Mayburry taught in the Business Division of Lewis-Clark State College, where he won the 2003 alumni foundation's Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award. Tom most recently resided with his wife Jodi in Seattle. He was the faculty coordinator and professor for the bachelor's of applied science in hospitality management, a program that he designed and developed, at South Seattle Community College.
He is survived by his wife, Jodi Mayburry; six daughters and one son, Trish Henley of Cincinnati, Kristi Zinn of Post Falls, Idaho, Jason Mayburry of Pullman, Lindsay Mayburry of Bend, Ore., April Carrasco of Asotin, Amanda Wright of Botswana, Africa, and Rachael Schoonover of Clarkston; his sister and brother, Barbara Flathers and Robert Mayburry, both of Moscow; and 18 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Frances Mayburry.
The date and time of the memorial service in Moscow will be announced by Short's Funeral Home.