Thomas A. Mott Jr.

September 19, 1928July 19, 2012

Thomas Arthur Mitchell Mott (“Tam”) was born in Kansas City, MO, on September 19, 1928, to Thomas and Miriam Lamar Mott. After a long battle with heart disease and cancer, he died peacefully at home on July 19, 2012. Even though he was not born in Texas, he considered himself a lifelong Texan, having moved to Dallas at the age of 8 and staying for the next 75 years!

Tam graduated from Highland Park High School in 1946 where he was a member of the 1945 State Championship Football team and a 5 sport letterman and member of the band. He was truly a lifelong Scot, being an active fan and supporter of all the HPHS sports teams through the years and serving as a board member and advisor for the HPHS Alumni Association from the early 1990s until his death. He also enjoyed the camaraderie of his cronies in “ROMEO” (Retired Old Men Eating Out) and the Highland Park Silver Haired Supper Club.

Tam continued his education at SMU where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, graduating in 1951 with BA and BBA degrees and earning his MBA in 1960.

He retired from his executive management position with Security Engineering, Division of Dresser Industries, Inc., in 1993 after 35 years with the company. He was also a 56 year member of The Salesmanship Club of Dallas. Music was his passion and a huge part of his life. He was a “trombone player extraordinaire” - with his trademark “ancient” trombone and case always at hand. Tam was a classically trained trombonist, but his first love was Dixieland Jazz and he played with several bands including The Cell Block 7, The Levee Dixieland Band, The North Dallas Jazz Band, and The Dixie River Rats.

“Big Daddy” gave us strength, support, and inspiration; he was our coach, teacher, mentor, and biggest fan and mom’s constant companion and he will be missed. He is survived by his wife Betty of 60 years, daughter Mindy Cunningham and her husband Jim, son Mike Mott and his wife Jill, and 3 granddaughters Katie Cunningham and Mackenzie and Sinclair Mott.

Tam was an active member of Northway Christian Church and the May-Friendship Sunday School Class. A memorial service will be held at Northway at 4:00 PM on Sunday, July 22, 2012. The family requests that memorials be made to Northway Christian Church or The Salesmanship Club of Dallas. Northway Christian Church - 7202 W. Northwest Hwy., Dallas, 75225. Please visit for more information.


  • Memorial Service Sunday, July 22, 2012

Thomas A. Mott Jr.

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July 31, 2012


Byron and Shirley Chitwood

July 24, 2012

Tamm was a most friendly guy. I never will forget when all of us mining guys with Security and our wives went to Hibbing and Duluth in the middle of the winter for a mining convention. Our condolences to Betty and the rest of the family.

Ric Smith

July 23, 2012

Tam was always a joy to be around, especially when the trombone was in play. Our prayers are with you Mindy and all your family.

Flo & Ric Smith

July 23, 2012

We loved TAM's laugh and smile; he has always been such an inspiration to laugh at ourselves and at life! His faith was solid to the core, and that, too, is inspiring. We loved TAM's music, and whenever TAM carried his "vintage" trombone case, there was no question that we were all in for a treat. He will be so very missed. Blessings & love to Betty, Mindy, Jim, & Katie, as well as condolances to Mike and his family.

Ed Boyce

July 23, 2012

TAM was one of the greatest people to be around. He and I shared a passion for the history of our Dresser - Security div. work place. When he retired he brought me tons of papers pictures and films. We continued to discuss this at our company reunions. He ask me once to help his daughter with her chemistry, I was probable not much help but that is the kind of father and family man he was. Our prayers go out to the family and may God be with you all.

July 22, 2012

I worked for Tam at Dresser MSED in the late 70s and early 80s. Besides having a world class sense of humor and a wonderfully warm nature, he was the best, fairest and most supportive boss I ever had. My sincere condolences to his family for the loss of this excellent man.

Richard Graves

Bill Melton

July 22, 2012

Tam was a great Scot, great Mustang and
great musician. His talents will be missed. Sincere condolences.

May God Bless Tam and the Family

Bill Robinette

July 21, 2012

Was such a fine man and friend. Condolences in Christ to Betty, Mindy, Jim, Katie and the family.

July 21, 2012

We are so sorry to hear of Tam's passing, always enjoyed seeing him at our annual Dresser (Security Engr.) luncheons.
Our deepest sympathy goes to Betty and her family. Sally and Ted Dysart.

Ken Crocker

July 21, 2012

I will always remember Tam's smile as anytime you saw him..he had that grin & a friendly greeting.
My prayers & thoughts go to Betty, Mindy & Mike as they have been friends since 1976'
God's Blessings to all of you !!