1942 ~ 2013|
After a brief visit with his Dad and his in-laws, Tom met up with his best buddy Sam, and they have gone fishing!
Tom was born on November 30, 1942 in Dearborn, Michigan, the eldest child of Thomas R. Disz and Thelma Bergstrom Disz. He passed away on 20 November 2013 at his home in West Point, Utah with his wife holding his hand.
Tom spent his childhood and teenage years growing up in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Fenger High School and went to the University of Illinois through the ROTC program. He graduated with a Bachelors degree in Metallurgical Engineering and became a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force (join the Air Force and see the world), Tom's first assignment was at Chanute AFB, 19 miles down the road from the University of Illinois.
In 1965, Tom married Carole Schrek. They had two daughters, Michele and Valerie. They were later divorced.
Tom continued his military career, graduating from the University of Illinois with a Masters Degree in Industrial Engineering and then an assignment in Florida. Tom served in Viet Nam and was stationed many other places, including Hill AFB. He really was extremely proud to have served his country.
Tom married Norma Reed in February of 1974, in Ogden, Utah. Tom and Norma traveled and lived in many places while he was in the Air Force and later as a civilian. They enjoyed all their travels and the marvelous times they spent together. Tons of memories.
Tom left the military side of the Air Force and became a civilian employee in 1979. He went on to receive a second Masters Degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology in Dayton, Ohio. Tom and Norma were stationed at Bitburg AFB, in Bitburg Germany (Military), Chanute AFB, Illinois (Military), McClellan AFB in Sacramento, California, Wright Patterson AFB, in Dayton, Ohio, back to McClellan, and finally back home to Hill AFB, in Ogden, Utah. Tom was very instrumental in transferring the programs from McClellan to Hill. Tom retired from the civilian force with 42 ½ years of combined service.
After Tom retired, fly fishing became his hobby and his "other" love. He and his many fly fishing buddies fished every where they possibly could. "No Fish" Tom loved every second that he spent with you all. Thank you!
Tom leaves behind his wife Norma of 39+ years, his daughters Michele (Dan) Buss, and Valerie (Eric) Withrow, two grandsons, Drake and Dillon Buss, and two granddaughters, Sarah and Allison Withrow. His mother (Thelma), his brother Terry (Jackie) and a sister Carol (Bob) Bulthuis. Tom is also survived by his sisters in law Pat (Gene) Campbell and Marilyn Bennett and lots of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He also leaves behind his best buddy Max.
Tom was preceded in death by his father, his step-father, his mother in-law and father in-law, and his favorite dog Samantha.
Tom would have given any of his friends the shirt off his back.
The family extends thanks to Dr. Vincent Hansen, and his awesome staff for all the hard work and attention they gave to Tom and Norma over the years. A simple "Thank You" cannot cover the kindness they extended to us. Thanks also to GENTIVA hospice organization for the brief time they helped Tom and Norma.
TIGHT LINES, TOM!
Services will be held Monday, November 25, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Myers Roy Mortuary, 5865 South 1900 West, Roy. A viewing will be held Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Monday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. prior to services. Military Honors will be accorded. The viewing and service will be casual. Tom requested that he be cremated. Services and Cremation will be handled by Myers Mortuary in Roy.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Tom's name to Henry's Fork Foundation or Intermountain Therapy Animals.
Send condolences to the family at: www.myers-mortuary.com
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Nov. 23, 2013