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Brookside Funeral Home-Cypress Creek

9149 Highway 6 North, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Thomas Emil Baca

January 7, 1952July 3, 2020
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Thomas Emil Baca, age 68, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 3, 2020 at HCA North Cypress Hospital in Cypress, Texas.

He was born January 7, 1952 in El Campo, Texas to Joseph John Baca and Eva Marie Tillery Baca. He was a 1970 graduate of El Campo High School. He married Brenda Sue Blaydes on January 1, 1982 in El Campo, Texas. He retired in 1993 as a Master Sergeant serving as the Texas Army National Guard Recruiting Office Supervisor for the Corpus Christi area. He served in both the United States Air Force and the United States Army. In the Air Force he worked in the Medical field. In the Army he started his career with a transportation unit and worked as a unit administrator for a combat engineer unit. He moved to the Houston area where he worked as a Recruiter, achieving honors as Rookie Recruiter of the Year and Recruiter of the Year. He also worked as a counselor for the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS). Thomas was a very sensitive man who loved his family and his Pugs. He is survived by his wife Brenda Blaydes Baca, their children, Thomas Bradley Baca, Jr., Eric David Baca and his wife, Caitlin Adams Baca, Kacie Marie Baca and her wife Jessica Selena Baca. Grandchildren, Zachary David Baca, Mason Thomas Baca, Erin Ashley Baca, and Riley Kay Baca. Thomas leaves a brother, Joseph Bartholomew Baca and wife Patricia. Thomas leaves many nieces and nephews. Thomas left an impression on everyone he came into contact with. He was a man of honor, dignity and integrity.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, July 14, 2020

  • Interment with Military Honors

    Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Memories

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Bart Baca

July 14, 2020

Hello Thomas. As requested, I'm posting on your website since we are sole (soul?) brothers. You came into the world a year after me, in the farming town of El Campo, Texas. We ended up in the rural village of Taiton, about 10 miles away. We grew up helping to raise cotton, corn, chickens and later rice.
Our house burned down which effectively got us out of the hell-hole we were in. Closer to town we were able to meet people and graduate from El Campo HIgh School. I never thanked you enough!
We did work on a a book together entitled "Poor Texas Farm Boys" which I will finish using your edits. I am proud of your accomplishments - Military, Medical, and Family.

Kara Rosch

July 14, 2020

Uncle Thomas, we always enjoyed our visits with you. When we were living in Texas, you were so welcoming to us. Not only did I enjoy visiting you, but you always reminded me of your mother, my Grandma "Ree". You were a great cook like she was. You gave me a hand-written copy of her banana pudding recipe, my favorite dessert. Every time I make it, I think of my Grandma Ree. Now, I will remember both of you when I make it. Brad, Eric, and Kacie, I am sure that you know how much your dad loved you. You should know that he spoke very proudly of you as well. He never said anything negative about you, but always boasted about what each of you have been doing. I remember him also saying how he had a special connection with each of his grandchildren as well. Aunt Brenda, I am truly sorry for the loss of your soulmate. You two created a wonderful family, and I hope that you can all find comfort and peace with each other during this time.

Joe R Lozano

July 14, 2020

Back in the old days, we didn't have computers. Tom would type so fast on an electric typewriter, that when he walked away, it would be 7 minutes later for the typewriter to catch up. Tom always had a good attitude, smile, team player, and a can do attitude to any project that he was working on.

Joe R Lozano
SGM (Retired)

Eric Baca

July 12, 2020

My dad taught me everything there was to being a man, a husband, a father, and a Soldier. It’s funny how a son always looks for the praise of their parents. My dad always told us that no one can take away your good name. To be a Baca, meant you had to have honor, dignity, and respect for others, all of which were important to him. A few weeks before his passing he told me that he was always “middle of the pack” in all he did. He felt he was just “average” at everything he did, without a standout performance or quality that highlighted him above all others. To his children he was everything. To his wife, he was the love of her life. To his grandchildren he was the snuggle partner and candy sharer. To me, he will always be everything; he will always be the standout father that taught me how to be a man. In closing, we memorialize those we have lost and wait to tell them how much they mean to us as they pass or after their passing. In that respect I’d like to share a few moments about my mom. She has always been the rock for our family and the one who was stronger than all of us. We love you more than you will ever truly know and I will ensure I cherish you every day. I know you miss Dad, but we will always be here for you. I love you Mom. I love you Dad and I miss our daily talks even though you barely let me get a word in. You will always be my hero.

I used to annoy my dad forcing him to stop watching the travel channel so much and experience the wonders of the world in person. My crowning achievement in our relationship was forcing him to come to Cabo with us. You can see how much he enjoyed my antics.

Dave & Jane Urbanovsky

July 12, 2020

Tom & I were in the Texas Army National Guard together many years ago & then later went into recruiting in Houston.
There are too many stories to share online BUT I look forward to sharing the “G-rated” ones with Brenda & family once Jane & I move back to Texas. Speaking of stories though, I was talking with Al Janda (another guardsman with us) last week . We were talking about Tom & he reminded me of a time when we were all in Louisiana for Guard annual training. On weekend leave, a few of us went out & for some reason Al was driving Tom’s car. We drove past someone selling crawfish & Tom told Al to turn around so we could get some. While turning the car around, we got broadsided. Needless to say, those were some expensive crawfish!
Tom was more than a good friend; he was a dedicated soldier. He would make sure that troops were taken care of in the field and always seemed to know what we all drank.
Jane & I were honored when asked to be Eric’s godparents and although we lost contact after moving to Alaska, we look forward to reuniting with Brenda, Eric & their families once we’re within driving distance.
We’re heartbroken that we won’t be attending Tom’s service but I know he’d be watching out for me during this pandemic time.
Love ya Tom & God Bless you, Brenda, Brad, Eric & Kacie & your families.

Charlene Baca

July 12, 2020

Sorry, memories and thoughts keep coming. My family and Thomas's parents are buried in the same cemetery. There are always flowers and momentos at Joe and Marie's gravesites and I always felt Thomas's presence. He obviously loved his parents very much.

Charlene Baca

July 12, 2020

Even though Thomas and I were married for 9 years, we never had children. But, I learned how much he loved children when we were staying at a hotel with a pool. I was exhausted from the wedding festivities so all I wanted to do was nap. Every time I woke up, he was out at the pool teaching a young child how to swim which demonstrates what a very giving and caring person he was.

Charlene Baca

July 12, 2020

A story I still share today whenever the topic of crawfish comes up is when stationed at Keesler AFB, a very Cajun couple lived next door and invited us for crawfish. After sitting at a table piled with crawfish for two hours, Thomas went home and fixed himself a sandwich. Those crawfish were just not very filling.

Kacie Baca

July 12, 2020

Dad, I miss you more than you know. Things aren’t the same around the house without you. I really miss your humor and the funny things that you would say. The things you’ve taught me throughout my lifetime I will always cherish and they have made me who I am today. I wish I could have had more time with you but I’m thankful for the time that I did get. I love you so much and you were the best father I could have ever asked for. I will think of you every single day and tell my future children that their grandfather would have loved them so much, just like you used to tell me about my grandfather. So when I see you again, you better be on the couch, reading newspaper. Promise? Say yes, you better. I love you dad.

Pat WOODS

July 11, 2020

I worked with Tom when he was on Team 7 in Houston and at the MEPS. He was such a pleasure to work with- always in a good mood. We fought the weight and PT battle together- he was such an inspiration. To my regret we lost touch after we moved to different locations and positions but I have thought of all of you often and wondered how things went. I am truly sorry for your loss.

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