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Martin Funeral Home

128 North Resler Drive, El Paso, TX

OBITUARY

Thomas K. Stokes

February 8, 1947June 16, 2020
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Thomas K. Stokes left us to join his family and his Lord in Heaven on June 16th. Tom was born in McKeesport, PA on February 8, 1947 to Lillian and William Stokes. Upon graduation in McKeesport, he continued his education at Pratt Community College in Pratt, KS on a football scholarship where he met and later married the love of his life, Jane Harms on August 10, 1967. They made their home in El Paso where Tom continued his education at Texas Western on a football scholarship. He later received his Masters and Administrative Degree in Education at UTEP. He started his teaching and coaching career at Canutillo High School after four years and then continued at Cathedral High School where he was later Head Football Coach and Athletic Director. He later taught in Ysleta ISD and became Principal at The Academy of Science and Technology where he started and improved many vocational fields. He retired in 2003 from EPCC where he was an Associate Vice President of Institute for Economic and Workforce Development. Tom loved traveling with his family and close friends. The pride and joy of his life was his house in Elephant Butte NM where and he spent many years remodeling until 2018 and leaving this as his legacy for his kids and grandkids. He was preceded in death by his parents Lillian and William Stokes and his sister Patricia Doby. Tom is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jane, his son Billy (Sarah), daughter Nicole (Randy) and grandchildren Lauren, Laynee and Nicolas. Also many nieces and nephews in Kansas and Pennsylvania along with many close friends. Many thanks to all his doctors, M. Landeros, J. Spier, J. Gouveia and P. Valilis plus the staff of Always Caring Home Health and Hospice of El Paso. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Foundation for Cancer Research, Cathedral High School Scholarship Fund or charity of choice. A gathering will be held Friday, June 26, 2020 from 11 am to 12:30 pm with a Celebration of Life Service at 11 am at Martin Funeral Home West. Arrangements entrusted to Martin Funeral Home West www.martinfuneralhomewest.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Jane Stokes, Wife
  • Billy (Sarah), Son
  • Nicole (Randy), Daughter
  • Tomwas preceded in death by his parents Lillian and William Stokes and his sister Patricia Doby.


    He is also survived by his grandchildren Lauren, Laynee and Nicolas. Also many nieces and nephews in Kansas and Pennsylvania along with many close friends.

Services

  • Gathering

    Friday, June 26, 2020

  • Celebration Of Life Service

    Friday, June 26, 2020

Memories

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Lauren, Laynee, and Nicolas Stokes

June 23, 2020

We know that fence can fall down “anytime, anywhere, anyplace. “

Olga Arreola

June 23, 2020

Jane,
My sincerest condolences and prayers.
May Our Lord grant you peace and strength during this difficult time.

Olga Arreola

Edmond Martinez

June 18, 2020

Mrs. Stokes, Nikki, and Billy,

Coach was more than a coach to us. He taught us how to be men of honor. When I entered education and coaching, he was a model I always wanted to live up to. I am eternally grateful for his presence in my life. He will live through the lives of all his students and players. God bless you, Coach.

Mrs. Stokes, Nikki, and Billy, you will remain in my prayers and thoughts.

Edmond Martinez

Rene Aguilar

June 18, 2020

Mrs. Stokes, Nikki, Billy

Please know that you all are in our prayers at this time.

I was very happy that Yolie and I got to see Coach early on.

You all have always had a very special place in our hearts.

We will always be grateful for you as mentors, tutors and friends.

You all were very good to us and you are loved.

Please keep us posted if we can assist you in any way.

Believe me, there are no words to explain all this. Only Our Lord has all the answers.

We love you

Yolie and René Aguilar