Thomas M. Knotts, 56, of Nipomo passed away on Monday, July 2, 2012 while walking on the beach. He was born in 1956 in Lynwood, Caif. He attended St. Patrick's School and graduated from Arroyo Grande High School in 1974 and attended Allan Hancock College and Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Tom worked at his family owned Little Jocko's restaurant in Nipomo before going to work in the oil and gas industry for the next 25 years. He was an electrician at Plains Exploration & Production (PXP) in Pismo Beach at the time of his death. Mr. Knotts is survived by his son, Reese Knotts of Arroyo Grande, stepson, Rick Lavigne of Atascadero, and stepdaughters, Guylean Smith of Paso Robles and Denise Strahan of Santa Maria, Calif., grandchildren, include Marianna and Justin Lavigne, Brad Smith and Brittany Strahan, his mother Patricia Knotts of Nipomo and siblings, Jerry Knotts of Santa Maria, Kathleen Knotts of Nipomo, Molly Santa Cruz of Arroyo Grande, Danny Knotts of Santa Maria and Teresa Pustejovsky of Susanville, Calif. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Knotts in 2011.