We were saddened to hear that former Imnaha Store owner/proprieter Lloyd Thomas “Tommy” Doss passed away in Enterprise on October, 25 2011 at the age of 91.
Lloyd became famous playing with some of the best Western music bands of the ’40s and ’50s.
Born in Weiser, Idaho in 1920, his family moved to La Grande, Oregon in 1922.
Lloyd met his wife Naomi Henderson in Hermiston, Oregon where they were married. They moved back to La Grande where in 1939 he formed his first band, Sons of the Grande Ronde. They played the local Elks Club and drove to Baker where they earned $12.50 per week performing on live radio.
In 1948 Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys cane to play in La Grand at Zuber Hall. While there Bob heard Lloyd perform and hired him on the spot. The Dosses left for California the next day, where he played with the Playboys, the Rythm Busters, and Ole Rasmusseen and his Nebraska Cornhuskers until he was recruited by the legendary Sons of the Pioneers to replace Bob Nolan in 1949. When Lloyd joined the Pioneers his stage name became “Tommy Doss’ as there was already a ‘Lloyd’ in the band with Lloyd Perriman.
Lloyd left touring with the Sons of the Pioneers in 1963 and he, Naomi and their youngest son moved to Imnaha and became owner/operators of the Imnaha Store and Tavern. Naomi served as the Imnaha postmaster until they sold the store in 1977.
Lloyd was inducted into the Western Music Association Hall of Fame November 21, 2008.
Lloyd and Naomi were members of the Enterprise Christian Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents and nine siblings.
He is survived by his wife Naomi of Wallowa; two sons and their wives, Dennis and Karolyne Doss of Wallowa and Tim and Carol Doss of Enterprise; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Services were held at the Enterprise Christian Church Oct. 29, 2011.