Jan. 1, 1945 – April 10, 2013
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Dr. Sherman Tipton Coleman, Jr., 68, died suddenly at home on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Tip, as he was known to family and friends, was a resident of Victoria for the last seven years and owner of a family dental practice, Tip Coleman, DMD.
Tip graduated from W. B. Ray High School in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1964. While in high school he played football and baseball. He also enjoyed rodeo competition and loved being around horses. After high school he attended the University of Texas at Austin where he graduated in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Zoology. While at UT he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and served as Scholastic Chairman. Once he completed his studies at UT he was accepted to the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry in Lexington. He was awarded a Doctorate of Dental Medicine in 1974.
After receiving his doctorate he opened a family dental practice in Corpus Christi, Texas and practiced dentistry in that area for 24 years. While in Corpus Christi, he was a member of the Nueces Valley District Dental Society, the Texas Dental Association, he was a graduate of the Citizens Police Academy and served for several years on the London Independent School District's School Board. He was also on staff at Spohn Hospital and Doctors Regional Medical Center. Tip loved living on the coast where he was an avid scuba diver and fisherman.
In 1998 following his love of the outdoors, he moved his wife and family to Bozeman, taking time off that first summer to explore and enjoy the area. Over the course of seven years he built a thriving dental practice and was able to enjoy horseback riding and packing, elk, bear, deer, and antelope hunting; and fishing in some of the world's premier fly fishing rivers. While in Bozeman, he contributed to both the dental community and the local community. He was a member of the Gallatin Valley Dental Society where he held a position as Chairman of the Peer Review Committee and served a term as President of the society; the Montana Dental Association where he served on the Board of Directors, a member of the Lion's Club, and he was a graduate of Leadership Bozeman. He was also on staff at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital and the Surgery Center of Bozeman.
When their youngest child entered college, Tip and Jo Lynn took time off from the dental business and sailed in the Bahamas for a year. During that time they were able to fully enjoy the ocean and living each day to its fullest. They also entertained many family members with snorkeling and diving. Jo Lynn had always wanted to return to Texas and they decided to settle in Victoria. Once again, Tip opened a family dental practice with Jo Lynn by his side in September 2006. As before, he contributed his talents to professional and community organizations. While in Victoria, he was a member of the Guadalupe Valley District Dental Society, the Victoria Chamber of Commerce where he received Outstanding Healthcare Practitioner in 2007, Victoria Rotary Club where he was honored with the Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Fellow in 2008. He was a graduate of Leadership Victoria and the Citizens Police Academy. In Victoria he was a staff member of De Tar Hospital and served on the hospital's Quality Control Council.
While Tip was in Montana he maintained his Texas dental license, and when he returned to Texas he maintained his Montana dental license. Tip was also a fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantology, Graduate of the Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, received an Implant Preceptorship from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio and a member of the American Dental Association.
Wherever Tip lived he gravitated to the outdoors. His accomplishments and hobbies include Master Diver, Nitrox Diver, bow hunting, offshore fishing, excellent marksman, licensed pilot, yachtsman, horseman, welding, woodworking and gardening. He mostly considered himself a "Lifelong Learner."
He is survived by his wife, Jo Lynn Coleman; his children, Hunter Tipton Coleman, Sherman Dodge Coleman, Natalie Jean Jenkins, Sadie Bright Coleman, and Alisa Kathleen Coleman; sisters, Kathleen Coleman Edwards (Oakes David Edwards), Teresa Claire Coleman, and Leslie Arnim Coleman and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Sherman Tipton Coleman and Jacqueline Arnim Coleman of Corpus Christi, Texas.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 19, 2013, at Trinity Episcopal Church, Rev. Bur Dobbins officiating.
The family requests in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Apr. 17 to Apr. 18, 2013