In Loving Memory of Thomas James DeJohnette


On August 4th 1996, at 6:20AM a bundle of joy was born to Mother Tracey Yvette Curenton and Father Carl Leon Curenton.

Thomas James DeJohnette blessed the world with his unmatchable energy and great athletic talents as he went through school attending Highlands Elementary, Dimmitt Middle School and Lincoln High School; and then finishing his education with the class of 2014 at Renton High School.

During his youthful years, he found his passion for sports and for football in particular. As a former player (Five-Star, Sea Tac Sharks, high school)and JR Football Coach (Puget Sound Lancers, NW Huskys)Thomas was known for his non-stop energy, his love and committed study of the game. He gave his all anytime he stepped in between the lines, whether playing or coaching.

Thomas embraced the start of his Semi-Pro football career by joining the Northwest Hurricanes where he learned how to master his craft. In 2018, he proclaimed his excellence with the Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks by becoming American West Football Conference (AWFC) 11's 1st team All League and TD All-Time Leading rusher of 1001 yards in 2019.


Sadly, at the time of his death on February 21st, 2021, Thomas was doing what he loved! Coaching, inspiring and leaving a lasting impression on the youth in our community.

Thomas is preceded in death by his nephew, Cortez Kingston Elijah DeJohnette-Glover. He is survived by his siblings who he loved dearly: Tanisha DeJohnette, Tiffany DeJohnette, Taylor DeJohnette, Latoya Curenton, Shayna Curenton, Deashaun Curenton, Dealaia Curenton, Savannah Curenton, Alexis Curenton. His grandparents Ann and Jerry Bailey, cousins, aunts and uncles and Step Mother Natasha Curenton.

While Thomas James DeJohnette was our son, brother, grandson, nephew, and cousin for many of you he was your friend, your confidant, and your mentor. Either way, he shared a special relationship with everyone. His infectious smile, savy dance moves, free spirit personality, and his life blessed us all. It is our family's prayer that you continue Thomas' legacy by living on in joy and peace; remembering the imprint he left on your heart and most importantly, the hearts of today's generation of youth. The Curenton and DeJohnette family thanks you for your continued support.