Relative confirms death of longtime Douglas County official

Tom Doyle served as Douglas County engineer since 1983, according to his son.
Tom Doyle served as Douglas County engineer since 1983, according to his son.(Courtesy photo)
Published: Aug. 8, 2022 at 8:21 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 8, 2022 at 9:17 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Douglas County Engineer Tom Doyle passed away over the weekend, his son confirmed to 6 News on Monday.

Doyle spent many decades in public service, according to his son, Mark Doyle.

Dad had a knack for finding common ground with everyone he met. That was partly because of his wide-ranging life experiences, starting with some childhood years at South Omaha’s Southside Terrace housing projects, to working in the packing houses, becoming a chemical engineer, and serving the citizens of Nebraska in several appointed and elected positions. His public service began in 1967 and continued uninterrupted until his passing. Most importantly, he was a devoted father that was a best friend to each family member.

Mark Doyle

“Dad has served the residents of Douglas County for over 39 years as the first, and only Douglas County engineer,” he told 6 News.

Mark Doyle said his father was appointed to the Nebraska State Labor Commission by Gov. Norbert Tiemann on March 1, 1967, and went on to serve as the state’s engineer in the Nebraska Department of Roads under Gov. J. James Exon. Tom Doyle also served as a Nebraska state senator before he was appointed to his post as the Douglas County engineer on March 31, 1983.

The Douglas County Commissioners offered their sympathies on Tuesday:

“On behalf of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, I would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family of County Engineer Tom Doyle. Tom was a dedicated professional and public servant. He was easy-going and always a pleasure to work with. He had a wealth of knowledge, especially when it came to the history of Douglas County. Tom served the residents of Douglas County for decades and will be sorely missed.”

Commissioner Mary Ann Borgeson, board chairwoman

Funeral services are pending. Doyle’s obituary will have further information as it becomes available.

Mike McKnight contributed to this report.

Correction: The name of Tom Doyle’s son was wrong in a previous version of this story. 6 News regrets the error.

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