July 20, 1929 – June 28, 2020
Tom Deliganis passed away peacefully at his home in San Antonio on Sunday, June 28, 2020. Tom was born in Laredo, Texas on July 20, 1929 to Milton Deliganis and Eliza Martinez Deliganis. His mother died shortly after his birth and for the next few years he was raised by his father and maternal grandmother. While still quite young, his father remarried. Tom gained a sister and later four brothers. He attended school in Laredo, Texas graduating from Martin High School. Following graduation, he attended East Texas State University (now Texas A&M Commerce) where he received a Bachelor of Science, Master of Education and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.
From 1953 to 1957, Tom served his country proudly in the United States Air Force Security Service (USAFSS). During this period he was stationed in Louisiana, California and Japan. After completion of his military service Tom returned to college to continue his education, achieving a PhD degree. Tom’s working career began with the Texas Department of Rehabilitation. His area included numerous counties in south Texas where he helped countless individuals achieve a better life through rehabilitative services. Later he joined the administration team of the Texas Department of Rehabilitation in Austin, TX. In 1968, Tom returned to his hometown of Laredo, Tx. to become the Dean of the Vocational/Technical Division of Laredo Community College. He remained in this position until he accepted the position of Superintendent of the San Antonio State School, a part of the Texas Department of MHMR. Dr. “D”, as he was affectionally referred to by so many, served in this capacity until his retirement in 1993. Following his retirement, Tom worked for 17 years as a volunteer for several hospice organizations in the San Antonio area.
As a member of St. Helena Catholic Church, Tom was a man of immense faith. He had an incurable thirst for knowledge and was well read in his favorite interests: religion, music, travel, astronomy and the study of the universe. As a self-taught musician, Tom financed his college studies by forming and playing in a band as a percussionist. He spent many joyful hours listening to jazz and music from the Big Band era. Tom was an active member of the Ethiopian Development Project, an organization that strived to create better healthcare in Ethiopia. Tom and Jean traveled to Ethiopia, as well as Greece, Spain, Canada, Mexico and many places in the United States. Tom loved spending time with family and friends telling stories and philosophizing about his latest readings. Some of his fondest memories included summers with his grandsons, Tommy and Andrew. There was a deep, loving bond he shared with both of them. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Christopher Paul Deliganis, his brother Louis and wife, Wanda Deliganis, brothers Milton and Jimmy Deliganis and his sister, Dorothy Magnon. Also, preceding Tom in death were his father and mother-in-law, Walter and Irene Fuller, and sister-in-law, Linda Fuller.
Tom is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 47 years, Jean, son, Tom (Lucy), grandsons, Tommy (Anna), Andrew and great-granddaughters, Charlotte, Emma and “soon-to-be” Reagan Jean. Also, surviving are brothers-in-law, George and Glenn (Pam) Fuller. In addition, Tom is survived by numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews including two special nieces, Teina Garcia and Melinda Deliganis. Also, surviving is special friend, Melanie Baker and husband, Derek. He also leaves behind many dear friends.
- Tom is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 47 years, Jean, son, Tom (Lucy), grandsons, Tommy (Anna), Andrew and great-granddaughters, Charlotte, Emma and “soon-to-be” Reagan Jean. Also, surviving are brothers-in-law, George and Glenn (Pam) Fuller. In addition, Tom is survived by numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews including two special nieces, Teina Garcia and Melinda Deliganis. Also, surviving is special friend, Melanie Baker and husband, Derek. He also leaves behind many dear friends.
Memorial Rosary Service
St. Helena's Catholic Church
Memorial Mass Service
St. Helena's Catholic Church
Sunset Memorial Park
Mary Lou Uribe
July 6, 2020
Our deepest sympathy for the loss of a man we admired and treasured as family. Our families friendship extends over four generations and a hundred years. Tom never forgot where he came from and was proud of his Greek and Mexican ancestry. Mr. "D" loved his family dearly and was ready and willing to help anyone he possibly could.
Con mucho Carino, Mary Lou Nieto Uribe and Family
July 3, 2020
Jean and family,
Sending you love and hugs and prayers for Tom.
Words are small, but the sympathy is unbounded for you at this very sad time .
Love, Jennifer and Sam
Michael and Amber Broyles
June 30, 2020
91 years is such a wonderful gift. The reverence and love which Tom spoke of his father makes us wish we could have met him.
Prayers to the family and all those whose lives he touched.
Michael and Amber Broyles
June 29, 2020
How grateful I am to have known Tom, who always had a sincere and welcoming smile. I admired the devotion he and Jean showed each other and their sincere interest and caring for others that made it a treat to be with them. A truly sweet and thoughtful man.
Jean, the joy of having such a special man in your life also means that he leaves a big hole with his passing. Although I know your deep faith, happy memories, and upbeat nature will see you through, I am so sorry for your loss.