Thomas L. Katz

January 13, 1952March 10, 2014

Thomas L. Katz, 62, passed away Monday, March 11, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. Tommy was born January 13, 1952 in Dallas, Texas. He graduated from Hillcrest High School, Dallas, in 1970, and attended University of Texas at Arlington, studying political science. Tommy married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Carol Florence in 1971. They have two children Jennifer and Michael.

Tommy always made it known that his family was the most important thing in his life. He adored and loved spending his time with his grandchildren, Emily and Jacob, especially going to the park and watching old TV shows with them. Tommy had a unique sense of humor, always making people laugh. He had a life-long love of cars and motorcycles and was an avid animal lover. Tommy appreciated all kinds of art and music, both being a part of his life. Most notable, he was a great philanthropist, always donating to several different causes and organizations.

Tommy was preceded in death by his parents, Kitty and Walter Katz, stepfather, Herbert Jacob, mother and father-in-law, Mike E. and Barbara Florence. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Carol, daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Paul O’Connor; son Michael Katz and his girlfriend Jessica Lorenz; grandchildren Emily Grace and Jacob Thomas O’Connor; his sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Ron Ruckman, his brother-in-law and his wife Mike and Gale Florence; nieces, Christine Lucht and Ashley Marlow, nephews, Ryan Ruckman, Chase Lewis, and Geoff Florence.

Private services are being held March 14, 2014 at Sparkman Hillcrest, Dallas, Texas.


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March 8, 2015

Thinking of you as the 11th approaches. Understand your sorrow, emptiness & loss.
Peggy dawson


January 13, 2015

I miss you and would give anything to see you again. I go to your house and hope that you will walk out of your bedroom or come down the stairs. I love you more than you'll ever know. I cry every night and wish for Grandma to be as strong as she is every day. Happy Birthday.

With so much love and grief,
Emily Grace


January 13, 2015

I miss you so much grandpa. I go to your house and hope to see you come out of the bedroom or the stairs. I would give anything to see you again. I just love and miss you so much. I cry every night and Mom, Jake, Dad, and everyone misses you more than anything.


March 16, 2014

I miss you so much Dad, it hurts beyond anything. I truly hope you always knew how much I love you, how much Paul loves you, and how much those grand babies love their Grandpa. Oh they miss you so much. Love always, Jennifer, Paul, Emily, and Jake

Kathy Staat

March 15, 2014

Carol, my thoughts and prays are with you.

March 14, 2014

May the Good Lord bless Tommy and grant him eternal life. I know he was loved by all who met him. May his memory be eternal.
I am very sorry I can not be with the family this day. God Bless you all. Dr. B.

Peggy (Roberts) Dawson

March 14, 2014

Keeping you & family in my thoughts. Love endures us during these times

March 14, 2014

Tommy was our neighbor for 15 years on Chestnut, I observed the love he had for his children, and the fun he had in every activity they participated in. He loved his Audis and tinkering in the yard. He always had a smile on his face and lit up each and every time Carol walked into a room. The neighborhood children loved his decorations during Halloween, and the efforts he put forth to see them smile long after his own children were too old to trick-or-treat. His house was the first my own children wanted to go to because Mr. Tommy always gave them special attention, inviting them in, and taking pictures. Tommy was more than anything, always a gentleman. His beautiful smile will be missed.
My sons, Neil, and I send our love, thoughts, and prayers during this difficult time.

Ryan and Kyna Eastlick

March 14, 2014

Jennifer and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. You dad will never leave your heart and memories. We won't be able to attend the services, but will visit soon.

Ryan, Kyna and Emma Clare

March 13, 2014

I have known Tommy for many years and I know first hand he was a very giving and thoughtful person. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and brother and truly inspiration for his family. He will always be in our hearts as God calls him home RIP.

Becky Beggs