John Drumheller Obituary

John Thomas Drumheller
John Thomas Drumheller

August 15, 1953 - September 17, 2017
Born in Walla Walla, WA
Resided in Cannon Beach, OR


Tom Drumheller, CEO of Escape Lodging in Cannon Beach, had just completed the largest development project of his life, The Lodge at Columbia Point in Richland, Washington, when he was diagnosed with cancer and died 17 days later.

Drumheller was known to work hard and enjoy life to the fullest, in equal measure, leaving a swath from the Wallowa Mountains to the Oregon coast. He led an exemplary life of integrity, character and extraordinary kindness. Drumheller 'walked his talk,' significantly influencing the lives of his business associates, employees, friends and of course his beloved family. It is poignant and suiting that organizers are challenged to find a large enough venue in which to hold a celebration of Tom's life later this month.

Raised in Walla Walla, WA. Drumheller attended Washington State University. Along with partner Patrick Nofield, Drumheller started a small hospitality company headquartered in Cannon Beach, Oregon that grew to employ nearly 600 loyal and devoted workers. Recognized for his success and expertise in the hospitality industry, he was recently inducted into the Carson College Business Hall of Fame at WSU.

Drumheller is survived by the love his life for over 42 years Christy, his great source of pride, their two daughters Britney and Brook, Brook's husband Cory Burnett and their sons Ethan and Kael.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, October 28, 2017, 11:00am at North Coast Family Fellowship in Seaside, Oregon. Additionally there will be a reception gathering on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the Marcus Whitman in Walla Walla, Washington. More details to follow.
Funeral arrangements by Hughes-Ransom Mortuary & Crematory, Astoria/Seaside. Please visit the online tribute & guestbook at




Celebration of Life
North Coast Family Fellowship
2245 N Wahanna Rd
Seaside, OR USA 97138
Saturday, October 28, 2017
11:00 AM
Family Gathering
The Marcus Whitman
6 W Rose St
Walla Walla, WA USA 99362
Saturday, November 4, 2017