Tom G. DeVore
1953 - 2020
{ "" }
Share Tom's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share
Tom G. DeVore

Tom G. DeVore has passed away after a short battle with cancer.

He was born October 3, 1953, in Nebraska City, Nebraska to Grant and Mary Ann DeVore. They moved to Delano, California when Tom was 5 yrs. old. He attended Del Vista Elementary, Cecil Ave Jr. Hi & Delano High School where he excelled in baseball as a pitcher and first baseman. He was also in Little League and Babe Ruth.

Tom attended Bakersfield Jr. College and Arizona State University studying Architecture.

In 1976 he moved to Visalia where he worked as a Residential Home Designer. He owned DeVore's Drafting and DeVore's Residential Design until he passed. Designing homes and making dreams come true for families was his passion.

In his spare time, Tom was a pitching coach for Redwood H. S. and Golden West H. S. in the 1990s.

His daughter Jennifer was the joy of his life and always enjoyed following her when she danced and later played volleyball in High School and College.

He loved to play golf with his buddies from High School and especially loved to travel and play different courses around the state. Once playing in Bakersfield he got to meet Kevin Costner who was there playing with his friends from Mt. Whitney H.S.

Tom met Kathy Smith DeShon in 1989 when he was coaching her son at Redwood. They started dating in 1996 and married, July 5, 2001. With this marriage, he gained the love of 2 step-sons, Tim and Jimmie DeShon.

Tom was an avid fan of the L.A. Dodgers and loved going to games with his wife Kathy and anybody that would love the game as much as he did. He finally got to see them win the World Series again this year.

His love of baseball would also give him the chance to follow his Grandsons Jake and Jason on their journeys playing Little League, Cal Ripken, Jr. High and High School. But baseball wasn't the only thing he would follow. His Granddaughter Abbie loved to dance and was there for all the recitals and performances. And of course, she played softball which he would be there for too.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents Grant and Mary Ann DeVore.

Tom is survived by his wife of 19 years Kathy. His daughter Jennifer DeVore, Laguna Niguel, Ca. His brother Terry DeVore (Nancy) Castro Valley, Ca. His sister Tammy Swanson (Bruce). Nephew Keith (Niki). Niece Julie Bawdon, Tulare, Ca. Step-son Tim DeShon (Tracy) Grandkids, Stephanie, Jacob, Jason and Abbie, Brookings, Ore. Step-son Jimmie DeShon, Visalia, Ca. Sister-in-law Cindy Zarzeka (Mark) Nephews Tyler, Matthew and Niece Emily, Antelope, Ca.

His wife Kathy would like to thank all the wonderful nurses that cared for Tom while at Kaweah Delta Hospital, Visalia, Ca. The care they gave him is overwhelming. Also, the nurses at TCS in Visalia, Ca.

Arrangements were made at Salser and Dillard Funeral Home.

There will be no services at this time but will plan a Celebration of Life Ceremony in the spring.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in Visalia Times-Delta & Tulare Advance-Register from Nov. 19 to Nov. 20, 2020.
No memorial events are currently scheduled. To offer your sympathy during this difficult time, you can now have memorial trees planted in a National Forest in memory of your loved one.
Memories & Condolences
Guest Book sponsored by Salser & Dillard Funeral Chapel
Not sure what to say?
8 entries
November 24, 2020
Sorry to hear of Tom's passing. We knew him through business. RIP Tom.
Jon and Johnnie carl
November 24, 2020
We are so sorry to hear about Toms passing.. I worked with Tom thru his business and Jennifer helped coach our daughters very first volleyball team which Tom also gave pointers from the sideline ..
Tom will be greatly missed

Geno and Tracy Ferrero
Gene Ferrero
November 21, 2020
I worked with Tom in designing homes for my customers. Tom was so nice, and talented. I enjoyed introducing him to my clients. In my 20’s I was a golf pro at Kings Country Club in Hanford. Tom and I enjoyed talking about the game.
I’m sorry for your loss.
Jack McMillan
Jack McMillan
November 21, 2020
Rest In Peace my friend. Here’s a photo from a group that Tom & I played in. Wishing the family our Lord’s peace
Tim Murray
November 20, 2020
I remember being a bite over 5 watching Tom draw house for my dad, wondering how he could draw a whole house without messing up in pen! Then years later we bought his red Jeep! I will keep this thing for ever! My boys (3 of them) warren 1 weston 3 and Wyatt 5, will know this Jeep as Tom the Jeep! We will miss you Tom
Curtis Merrill
November 20, 2020
Dear Kathy and family,
We are so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. He was such a great person and we always enjoyed his company at architectural events and gatherings. He made such a wonderful contribution to this community with his beautiful designs and planning of homes and businesses. He will be missed.
Rick and Susan Mangini
November 20, 2020
Group of 10 Memorial Trees
Plant Memorial Trees
Sympathy Gift courtesy of
Stephanie Gomez
November 20, 2020
Please accept our condolences and prayers during this difficult time. We knew Tom for a long time and enjoyed not only working with him but jeeping with him back in the day.

Gerard and Cindy Homer and Family
Cindy Homer
Invite others to add memories
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences