Timothy Lee Bidiman

Hillsboro, Oregon

January 21, 2009

Age Military Rank Unit/Location


Coast Guard



 Tim served in the Marine Corps for nearly eight years, mustering out in 1976. He was a Forward Observer in Vietnam in about 1970. After leaving the Corps, he joined the Coast Guard Reserve, serving for 20 years (drilling at MSO Portland, OR, on Swan Island) and retiring from the military in 1996. He was also a Multnomah County Deputy Sheriff 

They Came To Honor Tim. Click photo below.

February 21, 2009


Tim, the oldest of three children, was born July 24, 1949, in Prineville, Oregon, and grew up in Ralston, Nebraska, and Reno, Nevada. He was graduated from Reno High in 1968 and that year married Lynda Hayes. He joined the Marine Corps on July 27, 1969.

Tim served in the Corps for nearly eight years, including a tour in Vietnam in 1969-1970 where he was a forward observer. He spent a part of his 21st birthday sitting on an ammo box on Hill 190, west of Da Nang and near the small village of Dong Din. After returning from ‘Nam, he went to helicopter mechanic school and was stationed in California at Marine Corps Base Twentynine Palms and Marine Corps Air Base El Toro. Upon mustering out of the Corps in 1976 as an E-6, he joined the Coast Guard Reserve, drilling on the USCGC Point Evans (WPB 82354) home ported in Alamitos Bay, California. When he and his family moved to Oregon in 1979, he drilled at MSO Portland for another 17 years. In 1996, the year he retired from the military, he was chosen Enlisted Person of the Year for the Thirteenth Coast Guard District.

He worked in the lumber industry during high school and again after settling in Oregon. His passion, however, lay in law enforcement. He began that career in 1981 at J-Bar J-Boys’ Ranch (near Redmond), then moving to the Oregon State Correctional Institution (Salem); the Linn County Sheriff’s Office (Albany); and in 1991 the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (Portland), from which he retired in 2000.

In 2000, he suffered a dissecting thoracic aortic aneurysm. Miraculously, he survived the operation that replaced much of his upper aorta with dacron. On January 16, 2009, he was diagnosed with a tear in his aorta, beneath the dacron, for which no repair could be made. He came home from the hospital to hospice care. Once home, on January 20, he married Jerry Leone (also a Coast Guard Reservist), after 18 years of commitment to each other. He died in the early morning of January 21 at the age of 59.

At his memorial service on February 21, members of the Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office formed the honor guard. Patriot Guard Riders stood the line outside the church.

Tim is survived by his parents, George and Esther Bidiman; siblings Daniel Bidiman and Linda Allsup; his wife Jerry; daughters Nichole Boom and Sheena Bidiman; son George Bidiman; and five grandchildren.

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