We were saddened to hear that former Imnaha Store owner/proprietor Lloyd Thomas “Tommy” Doss passed away in Enterprise on October, 25 2011.

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 play and hired him on the spot. The Dosses left for California the next day, where he played with the Playboys, the Rhythm 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 operated the Imnaha Store and Tavern that they had purchased. Naomi served as the Imnaha postmaster  until they sold the store in 1977.

Lloyd Doss was inducted into the Western Music Association Hall of Fame November 21, 2008.


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