Elmer Thomas Batista

June 16, 1928September 1, 2012

Elmer Thomas (Tom) Batista was born on June 16, 1928 in Cleveland, Ohio. He went to be with the Lord on September 1, 2012 in his home at Emeritus Spring Creek Gardens, Plano, Texas. Tom enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 18 and served his country in World War II. Tom then attended Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio where he met his wife, Gretchen Klages Batista. He was the owner of Libra Industries, Inc. of Jackson, MI and later owned I-96 Speedway, an auto racing track in Ionia, MI. Tom was an avid sportsman; besides his passion for auto racing, he played golf, bowled and actively followed college and professional team sports such as baseball and football. Tom was an active member of Alter Church of Frisco, Texas. Prior to moving to Texas he was a long-time member of First United Methodist Church of Dunnellon, FL. Tom is preceded in death by his wife, Gretchen Klages Batista, as well as his parents, James Thomas Batista and Alma Sacha Batista Weiss. Tom is greatly missed by his daughter, Nancy Meade and husband Jeff; and his son, Thomas Richard Batista and wife Pat. Tom also leaves behind four much-loved grandchildren: Thomas Dale Batista and wife Stephanie and James Davis Batista and wife Carrie; Elizabeth and David Meade; and three great-grandchildren: Kennedy, Thomas Tanner, and Peyton Batista. There will be a memorial service to celebrate Tom’s life at Alter Church of Frisco, Texas, 9195 Preston Road, at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. He will then be interred next to his wife at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Michigan.


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Elmer Thomas Batista

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Larry Alberts

September 8, 2012

My condolences go out to both Nancy and Tom, and all of the extended Batista family. I remember you Dad quite well with fondness, from those days so many years ago.

Janene Whitby

September 6, 2012

Tom was a table mate to my mother Genna at Spring Creek Gardens. I would come to isit with my mother 3 days a week and while Genna was getting ready for the day, I would go to the dinning room to check in on everybody. Tom would be in there eating or just finishing breakfast and always try to get me a cup of coffee. I would visit with him for a short bit and
then go check in on mom. We would have our lessons and then sometimes
I would stay for lunch.Fridays were different, it's Wal-Mart shopping trip.
I would help the residents get on the bus and Tom had his front passenger
side seat.He always put a smile on everybodies faces. He will be greatly missed as he always spread the love to one and all.


September 5, 2012

Remembering Mr. Batista's family during this difficult time, may the God of all comfort help you through this time of sorrow and in remembering his wonderful promise to bring back to life our loved ones.

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Nancy Meade

September 5, 2012

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for Dad's life on earth and for the incredible gift of his eternal life with you.