2018-07-05 / Life in Leelanau

Talk of the County

Having a conversation with Tom Tobin


TOM TOBIN, a clergyman of the Maple City Community Church, is known as a generous and loving husband, father, grandfather and community member. TOM TOBIN, a clergyman of the Maple City Community Church, is known as a generous and loving husband, father, grandfather and community member. Name: Tom Tobin

Town or township of residence: Maple City

Resident since: 1982

Age and birthplace: 64 and Grand Rapids

Occupation: 80% retired — I still do a little bit of real estate and upholstery here and there.

Marital status: My beautiful sweety and I have been married for 42 years.

You live in Leelanau County because: My grandfather had a big farm up here and after he passed I decided to buy a place nearby for my family for hunting and vacations. Quickly I decided I wanted to live here year-round and I’ve never regretted it. I saw a real opportunity with upholstery since there weren’t any of those businesses up here at the time and it went great from there. My family has loved it here.

Last good movie you saw: I haven’t been to a movie in years but I do love to watch detective shows on television.

Last good book you read: “The Solomon Secrets” by Robert Jeffress. It highlighted 10 things in the word of God that Solomon focused on to be successful in his life.

If you could trade places with one person for one day, it would be: Jesus of Nazareth. He healed everybody that he came in contact with and I was visiting the hospital recently and had just thought about how wonderful it would be to be him and heal these people like he did.

Things important to you that you’ve accomplished so far: Raising my two daughters, who have turned out to be such sweet, loving, kind, and respectful girls, especially to their parents. Number two would be that I’ve tried to be a good husband, although I’m not perfect. I want to look back at my life alongside my wife with no regrets.

What you hope to be doing in ten years: God has been so good to me that I would like to be doing the same things that I am right now. Maybe just a little more traveling and walleye fishing.

Things you lose sleep over: I sleep like a rock unless someone in my family is sick or hurting in some way.

If you could change one thing in Leelanau County it would be: I think that Leelanau County is such wonderful place to live that I really want to just keep it the way that it is.

Favorite dessert: My wife makes a wonderful cherry cheesecake with a graham cracker crust. I also love an extra large turtle at the Cedar Dairy Queen.

Are you a coffee drinker? Yep. I have a cup first thing every morning.

Favorite place in Leelanau County: That would probably have to be looking out at the sunsets at the end of County Road 669.

If you had more time you would: There are a lot of projects I’d like to get to and different things I’d like to learn about in real estate. Also traveling to see more of the United States — there’s so much that my wife and I haven’t seen.

The words that best describe you are: A hardworking, persistent, God-fearing guy.

Northwestern Michigan College student Kelsey Pease of Suttons Bay provides our “Talk of the County” to readers each week, and welcomes suggestions. She may be reached at kelsey@leelanaunews.com.

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