Tom Saunders
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Tom Saunders passed away peacefully at home in Sacramento, CA with his family on Dec. 13, 2020. He had just turned 82. He was a patriot, a warrior, and a father. He will be missed.

Tom was a Houston native graduating from Lamar High School in 57'. He traveled the world and retired as a LT. Colonel and 25yrs as an education specialist at DoD in Albuquerque. Tom accomplished much in life. From 30 years in the Army and serving two Vietnam tours, to Dr. in Education while teaching at Command General Staff in the military, as well as a professor at the University of New Mexico, and local community colleges in Durango, Co.

The country is lucky to have had warriors like Tom to defend its beliefs and be willing to make the sacrifices necessary to keep the American dream alive. His distinguished military service and bravery under fire and the wounds he incurred made him a strong and resolute person and a great handball player. He was our original bionic man with his patched-up body and replacement parts! He loved handball and played until his body finally said "no more" and hit the off switch.

He is preceded in death by his brother John, sisters Sally Saunders & Bethany Thomas, and his parents Col. John & Grace Saunders. He is survived by his nephew John Thomas and Tom's five adult children and their families: Dawn Saunders & her husband Paul & son, Austin; Gloria Saunders & her daughter Frankie; Lynn Saunders & her children Emerson & Lauren; John Saunders; and Jennifer Saunders; along with his ex-wife, mother of his children, & dear friend, Wrenne Saunders; and his beloved German Shepherd, Tag.

The Funeral will be held on December 28th, at 11:30 am at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Dr., Houston, TX and you are welcome to join us. For those desiring, memorial contributions in Tom's name may be made to the youth Handball Association or your local Humane Society.

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Published in Pine River Times on Dec. 17, 2020.
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January 11, 2021
Enjoyed many a handball game with Tom, and many laughs with him off the court. He was a colorful character who will be missed. I will pray for him.
Tim LaFrance
December 23, 2020
Condolences to Jen and all of Tom's family from the Albuquerque handball community. Many of us played with Tom during his many many years in Albuquerque and Durango, CO . He was always a top competitor even in his final years when his body was not willing but his mind was because of his love for the game. Thanks for all his contributions to the "perfect game" and many great memories,
Tom's distinguished military service and his work as an educator touched many lives and are most commendable
He will be missed.
Dave Coulie
December 20, 2020
The Buckley AFB military Retiree Activities Office (RAO) would like to offer our sincere condolences and our gratitude for LTC Saunders' 30 years of distinguished service to our country in the Army. If you would like help with any matters related to casualty assistance, Defense Finance & Accounting Service, Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), Veterans Affairs (VA), etc. you can contact our office on Buckley AFB at 720-847-6693. The RAO is staffed by volunteers, all military retirees themselves, and our sole purpose is to provide assistance to any military retirees and surviving spouses/family members with anything related to their military service and/or benefits, in particular during difficult times such as this. We are deeply sorry for your loss.

Steve Young
Lt Col, USAF, Ret
Director, Buckley AFB RAO
Steve Young
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