Tom was an outstanding athlete for Lewiston High School competing in basketball, baseball, track and golf. He was All-State two years in basketball, as a pitcher Lewiston won two State Titles, he was a top sprinter and long jumper and was #I on the golf team for three years.
Summers he pitched on the state legion teams and was a nationally ranked junior golfer.
In college at the University of ldaho he played basketball for four years and at one time led the nation in field goal percentage. He made second team all Northern Division as a junior and first team as a senior. Tom also played baseball at Idaho and participated in track his freshman year. He also was elected to the student executive board, he was one of seven students selected for Silver Lance, the senior men s honorary for service and was named Outstanding Senior Athlete.
Tom graduated from Idaho in 1954 and received his Masters Degree in 1965.
After two years in the U.S. Army he started his professional career in public schools in the field of athletics. The first fifteen years he was a coach and teacher and the final sixteen years he was the Athletic Director and Activities Coordinator in Bellevue, Washington. Upon his retirement the gymnasium was renamed Flynn Court in his honor .
One of Toms most memorable events was when he scored 23 points as the Vandals upset the Washington Huskies, who were at the time ranked #1 in the nation.
Tom and his wife Joanne still live in Bellevue, Washington and are still very active in their community. They have a daughter Marsha Flynn Abbott and one son Tom