OBITUARY

Tracy Lee Thornton

October 14, 1968December 31, 2020

Tracy L. Thornton, born October 14th, 1968, was called to the heavens on December 31st , 2020. Although it feels too soon to say goodbye, Tracy will be remembered fondly for being one of the most genuine, caring and reliable men to have graced the earth. Living up to the standards of “give a stranger the shirt off of his back” type of person, Tracy’s passion for helping others was only matched by the love he held for his wife, kids, family, and friends. He was a renaissance man in that he was a master of the outdoors including fishing, hunting, mounted shooting and camping; but Tracy was also a devoted husband, father, friend, brother and son that was enthusiastic to offer love and affection to his loved ones. A practical joker and culinary expert, Tracy was known for his hilarious antics and jokes, and serving up his famous wings and barbecue. He is survived by his wife Cristina, their kids David, Raven and Lance, Best Friend David Schroder, Mother Vicki Thornton, Stepdad Ruben Gonzales, Brother Jeff Thornton, Sister Beverly Loomis, and Grandmother Ruby Thornton, and their pets Lucky, Ty and Roxy. This world will not be the same without such a selfless and wonderful man, but he is still watching over us ready to help…as he fills up the heavens with laughs and his made with love sweet tea.

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    Thursday, January 14, 2021

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Naomi Brillhart

January 22, 2021

Tracy you are missed so much. You were such a good man. Always making everybody laugh and would help wherever needed. We miss you buddy.

Leonard Bruner

January 19, 2021

Thornton, I'm just so lost for words. I was just notified today of your passing. We just talked during XMAS. You were my to go guy at Perryville, we were a great team.
I'm just lost for words....confused!
Rest Easy my friend, until we met again.

Jeffrey Thornton

January 14, 2021

Uncle Tracy you were my bestfriend I always enjoyed seeing you and hanging out with you, you taught me how to shoot and how to ride a horse. You've given me a lot of advice in my life and this world really won't be the same without you anymore. I love you so much and I will always think of you! Say hi to grandpa for me and save me a seat next to you so when its my time I will be sitting next to you drinking sweet tea and laughing together
Love always your nephew
Jeffrey

Geneva Manigault

January 14, 2021

I am deeply sorry for your list. Officer Thornton was a great man, awesome boss, funny, respectful, and a mentor to me. He always treated me like a human being and not an inmate. He taught me so much while working with him. He never let me give up on myself, always encouraged me to do what I'm capable of. Officer Thornton will never be forgotten by many of us. Once again my heart goes out to his family.

Dana Skulemowski

January 8, 2021

I met Tracy when I was just a kid starting out in the department. We did not always work on the same yard but our path did cross again when I got to work with him at Lumley. He was never afraid to tell someone what he thought. He was always laughing and joking around but he took pride in everything he did. I am going to miss him and all the joy that he brought to everyone around him on a daily basis.

Brian Shrum

January 8, 2021

I remember many conversations with Tracy while working at San Pedro unit at Perryville. He truly was a good person that would do his best to make sure that issues were addressed. Him always taking the time to follow up as well, truly showed his character as a man. I was saddened to get the notification, and to his family, he leaves behind a lasting impression on everyone he encountered.

Jeffrey Thornton

January 7, 2021

This is hard for me . Tracy you left me to soon we needed to go fishing and hang out I was coming this summer to see you so we could have our brother time well now you are up with grandpa watching us . I just wish I had more time with you you where my best friend and I miss our talks . I talked to you 2 days before this happened I will always cherish our time together I really do love and miss you . Until I make to heaven to see you again just remember you was truly loved by your family. Tell grandpa hi for me I love you my brother love your little brother

Eddie Martinez

January 7, 2021

I remember working with Thornton when he was an officer. I would always say, “who is this crazy guy running around?” He was always a busy bee so I wasn’t surprised when he went to maintenance. I didn’t get to know him good till recently when him and I talked about trading parts for our trucks. I always heard of him doing things for co-workers on his own time. Like putting up Christmas lights to changing a flat tire for a random person. He was the definition of a Good Samaritan. The world truly lost a kind and gentle soul. Until we meet again buddy.

Laura Gomez

January 7, 2021

My prayers are with you and your family. Tracy didn’t have to know you very well to make you feel like you were part of his family. May God watch over Cris and her kids as they get through this trying time. May God bless you.

makayla thornton

January 7, 2021

Uncle Tracy,
My favorite memory with you will always be how you and grandpa Ruben taught me how to ride a horse. Another memory I will forever cherish is when you, Christina and the kids came to Oklahoma and you went to dinner with me and dad. I hadn't laughed that hard until that day. That was the day I knew I had a bestfriend that loved me. And that bestfriend was you Uncle Tracy..Never in a million years did I think I would be saying goodbye to you so soon.. It doesn't feel real. It feels like a dream honestly. I never got to tell you how much I loved you. I wish I would've said it more often. It kills me having to say goodbye to you. I know you'll be up there with the big dogs watching me and riding up there. I will forever be thankful for you. You were and always will be the best uncle I've ever had. I'll forever miss you Uncle Tracy. I don't know what I would've done if I never knew you. I can't express how badly I will miss you. Until I see you again. 💔😭

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