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.