Monday, December 12, 2016

RIP - COL (ret) Tom "Taffy" Carlin

US Army Special Forces Colonel (Ret) Thomas Marshall Carlin passed away suddenly and tragically on December 1, 2016 at his home in Southern Pines, NC.

Born on July 17, 1951 in San Diego, California to the late Dr. Maurice and Victoria Lauer Carlin. Thomas was a graduate of Oregon State University. He also held master’s degrees in both International Relations and Security Management.

Colonel Carlin served 27 years in the US Army before his retirement. He was a former 5th Group commander and his career in special operations included over 14 years in 1st Special Forces Detachment-D, JSOC and USSOCOM. His held several professional positions in his civilian career to include being vice president of operations for Emirates Palomar in Abu Dhabi.

He was dearly loved by the SF community and will be missed by everyone who knew him. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and former colleagues. De Oppresso Liber, Taffy! Rest In Peace!

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Mollie Sue (Burton) Carlin; one daughter, Maureen Carlin Studebaker and her husband Tait; one precious granddaughter, Fianna; two brothers, Dr. Brian Carlin (Ginny) and Barry Carlin; four sisters, Tama Brown (Ron), Deirdre Cassidy, Bonnie Faller (Joel), and Marci Carlin (Marcel); adored aunt, Janet Lauer and his beloved brother-in-law, Pat Burton (Shirley); also he is survived by many cherished nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held on Friday, December 9, 2016 from 4:00-6:00PM at Boles Funeral Home in Southern Pines. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 10:00AM at St. Anthony of Padua Church. Interment will be at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.

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