Thomas F. LaZear

Thomas F. LaZear

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It is with great sorrow that the family of Thomas F. LaZear announce his passing following surgery early Sunday morning, June 11, 2017 at the age of 69. Tom and his big love, big hugs and big laugh will be greatly missed by everyone, especially his children, Tommy, Lou and Kate. His grandchildren, Hayden, Easton and Adrianna will miss “Papa” playing silly games and being at every game, every time and his big hugs and “raspberries”! Tom’s siblings, Stephanie Wilson and Mike LaZear will always miss and love their baby brother, Tommy. Tom also will be missed by his nephews, Little Mike, Steve and Danny and his only niece, Cherie whom he gave his last big smile to. Tom served his country in Vietnam and remains a proud soldier. For the last two decades Tom has devoted his life to improving his golf game and more importantly helping others in their recovery. Words cannot express the depth of his love for family and friends.

Service at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Monday, June 19, 2017, 10:30 a.m.

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  1. Richard Powers says:

    There really isn’t much more to addto what has been said. I will miss playing golf with him. His smile and his words of encouragement. I love Tom and he will be in my heart always. I can only pray to see him on the other side.

  2. Jan LaZear says:

    I am still in disbelief that Tom is gone. I have come to realize that he was one of the greatest gifts of my life, a dedicated, devoted father to our children and always eager to help any of us with anything, all we had to do was ask. I will miss him dearly.

  3. Lin Gendron says:

    We’ll ALWAYS miss you, our friend

  4. Debbie Evans says:

    You were loved by many….my condolences to the family…what a Great Man……Will miss your inspiration

  5. Nancy Ballard says:

    To one of my facebook friends and one of my best friend Stepanie’s brother, I will miss your loving ways and great whit on facebook. Keep riding that bike in the sky. Love you!

  6. Margo Poynter says:

    God bless you all with His comfort. I will miss my fb postings with Tom. I had hoped to see him this year when I visit STL but now I’ll just remember him in my prayers. We had know each other since 1970. What a great guy and as I have seen on the fb posts, he was loved by many.

  7. Michael Guill says:

    Tom will definitely be missed. He was a great man and a hard worker. Loved his smile and his positivity.

  8. William Thornton says:

    Will miss Tom…a good guy. Rest in Peace, Tom. Condolence to his family and many friends.

  9. DonBolte says:

    My deepest thoughts and codolences to the family and freinds who lost one of the best this life had to offer. I will miss him and he is always a part of my life .

  10. Ken Cusumano says:

    Got to know the “gentle giant” of Tom over the past several years. A great example of a good person, ever smiling,and making others too.Thank you Tom for reaching out to so many. God bless.

  11. Stan Nelms says:

    To Our Departed Brother Thomas:

    You are a veteran. You wore the uniform. You did your duty. You sacrificed your youth and endured the separation from loved ones. You served your country with selfless devotion. Now, your battles are over. You are gone, but not forgotten; for you will always have the undying gratitude of those you served and the respect of those who served with you. May you rest in eternal peace.

    Your brothers at Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 1028

  12. Miriam Kerns says:

    I knew Tom a little when he trained to be an Oasis tutor. I know from knowing Jan he loved his kids and especially his granddaughter. I know he will be missed. I’m so sorry to hear this Kate, Lou and Jan.

  13. Carl gordon says:

    Great friend, helped me negotiate through the red tape with the VA. Will miss greatly.

  14. Missy Bazzill says:

    Tom, you are such a big part off my recovery. You always put a smile on my face. So goofy. Yet loving, supportive and an inspirational example. You’ve helped so many and I’m so grateful your paths crossed in this journey. See you everyday in the meetings and one day in the Big meeting in the Heavens when our HPs connect. Much love and many prayers to the LaZear family and friends in this sad time. He will always be with us in our hearts and memories.

  15. Stephanie Wilson says:

    Tommy, I’ll miss you tremendously. I know you’re in heaven and we will meet again one day. Love you always, your big sister Stephanie.

  16. Debbie Cole says:

    Prayers to Tom’s family and friends.
    Tom was a very dear man, always there with a smile and tender greeting, no matter how his day was going.
    Tom will truly be misseed.
    I will see you again my friend and we will continue to trudge that road of Happy Destiny.
    Love you bunches
    God Bless and Keep You

  17. Brenda Mason says:

    Fly high Tom we will always be thinking of you. God Bless you and your family; see you on the other side God speed.


  18. Julius Deriscavage says:

    Rest in Peace my Vietnam Brother DUM-DUM you will be missed Bravo2/1 196th LIB

  19. Gary Bibb says:

    A good friend in high school. Always a friend after high school. Stayed in touch. Just a down right good man. Will miss you for awhile but will see you again later my friend. You were a great example on earth. Your rewards will be great in Heaven.

  20. Bob Howard says:

    Rest easy my friend.

    “Nor shall your valor be forgotten,
    While fame her record keeps,
    Or honor points to the hallowed spot,
    Where valor proudly sleeps.”
    Theodore O’Hara

  21. Col. (Ret) Rich Heroux says:

    The passing of Thomas has left the comrades of Company B, 2d Battalion, 1st Infantry, Americal Division with a large fracture among our ranks. We will once again resume, when we meet in the halls of Heaven. You have performed your duties in an outstanding manner on Earth. Rest in peace. We will continue to support your patriotism as you would have chosen.

  22. Tommy LaZear says:

    My Hero!!!!!!

  23. Dennis (Turtle) says:

    Tom and I met in the country side of So. Vietnam. We quickly became friends. I was given the name Touche Turtle and Tom was given the name DumDum. Two carton characters. We have been life long friends every since. We have kept in contact via, e-mail, cell phone, Facebook, Skype,and 1 personal visit. I will miss that. Rest in peace my Brother, and Best Friend. You will always be in my heart. Turtle