Linn, Thomas A.
48, of Scottsdale died in Africa on April 5, 2014. There are many ways to describe Thomas Linn; he was an accomplished athlete, world traveler, and entrepreneur. Most importantly, Thomas was a loyal friend to many and a beloved husband to his wife, Jennifer. Growing up in Tucson, Thomas developed a life-long passion for racquetball during his teen years. His skills on the court eventually earned him an invitation to compete for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team. He was also a founding member of the "Splat Cats" at the University of Arizona and continued to play with other founding members until his death. Although he was a dedicated Wildcat, Thomas spent a number of years volunteering his time coaching the ASU Racquetball Team and led them to a National Championship. Thomas always wanted to live in the now and experience other cultures. He and Jennifer were fortunate enough to take numerous adventures throughout their years together. Thomas took great joy in surprising Jennifer and often would not tell her where they were going in advance. Some of the highlights of their travel included Carnevale in Venice, riding the Eastern Orient-Express from Singapore to Thailand, and lounging on the beach at the GoldenEye Resort in Jamaica. At the time of this death, Thomas was planning a surprise trip to Paris for Jennifer's birthday. Thomas was also passionate about Aviation and Automobiles. He founded a number of successful aviation companies and was considered a respected leader in the Private Aviation World. Over the last twenty years he has provided aviation services to Heads of State, celebrities from music, television, and film, CEOs, Royalty and all categories of V.I.P. guests and clients. Automobile driving, racing, and car-shows were others passions for him. Many special memories were formed by decades of automobile events shared together with friends and family; Cars and Coffee will not be the same without him. His love for racing led him to belt out Back Home in Indiana every year at the start of the Indy 500. FORZA, Ferrari Thomas! Thomas is survived by his adoring wife, Jennifer, an extended family, countless friends, and his two pugs. They find their lives saddened by the loss of "Diddy" but take solace in the knowledge that he touched so many in his all too short life. We will celebrate Thomas' life on April 19, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church located at 11300 N. 64th Street in Scottsdale, Arizona. Thomas was passionate about helping others and gave generously to a variety of well-deserving organizations. His family will continue this legacy. In lieu of flowers, Thomas' family asks that memorials be made to the Thomas Linn Memorial Fund aka the "Make it Rain" Fund. For information contact the Arizona Community Foundation 2201 East Camelback Road, Suite 405B Phoenix, Arizona 85016, 602-381-1400 or www.azfoundation.org.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 16, 2014