Thomas "Tom" Powell Wilcox Jr., 79, passed away Oct. 15, 2013, at the Autumn Leaves Assisted Living Center in Missouri City, Texas.
Tom was born April 18, 1934, in Detroit, Mich., to Thomas Powell Wilcox Sr. and Ruth Emily Pelton Wilcox. He grew up and attended elementary and high schools in the Detroit area.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Tom attended the University of Michigan and then the University of California at Berkeley, where he obtained a master's degree in nuclear physics.
On Aug. 25, 1964, he married Margaret Croft in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. To this union were born two children, Thomas Powell III and Venna Ruth. Tom and Margaret made their home in Livermore, Calif., for five years; Benicia, Calif., for 15 years; and Idaho Falls for 22 years. He and Margaret moved to Missouri City, Texas, in December 2012 to be closer to their family.
Tom was a nuclear physicist and worked for Lawrence Livermore LLC. An active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Tom served as a bishop and temple worker. He liked to work with his hands and was an avid sailor. He enjoyed traveling and learning, and was very involved in genealogy work.
Tom is survived by Margaret, his loving wife of nearly 50 years; daughter, Ruth Jeffery, and son- in-law, R. Dale Jeffery of Missouri City, Texas; and daughter-in-law, Crisandra Hamilton, and her husband, Michael Hamilton of Friendswood, Texas. Also, Cassandra Wilcox, granddaughter, of Houston, Texas; Ryan Jestin Wilcox, grandson, of Friendswood, Texas; Logan Davis Jeffery, grandson, of Missouri City, Texas; and Spencer Thomas Jeffery, grandson, of Missouri City, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Thomas Powell Wilcox III.
The family will visit with friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at Wood Funeral Home in Ammon. Graveside funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Fielding Memorial Park Cemetery, officiated by Bishop Wesley Frey of the Idaho Falls LDS Lincoln 3rd Ward. Military rites will be performed by the Bonneville County Veterans Memorial Team and Idaho Honor Guard.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com.