J. Desmond Forman

August 28, 1940May 8, 2019

J. Desmond Forman, 78, passed away May 8, 2019. Desmond was born in Teague, TX and moved to Victoria in 1964 just in time to start first grade at Brownson Elementary School. He graduated in May 1958 in the first class from Victoria High School. He received his Bachelor degree from Texas A&M, Class of “65. He retired from Union Pacific R.R after a long career. He was a member of the Central Church of Christ. Desmond was a devout Christian and worker in his church. He loved to travel and work on projects with his H.S. Class of ’58. Desmond was an artist and loved glass etching. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Beatrice Glanton Forman, his mother and father-in-law, Leo R. and Faris Meyer Newman, his brother, Jesse Wayne Forman, his twin sons, Brett and Doye Forman and his brother-in-law Jack Chancey. Desmond is survived by his wife, Frances N. Stephens Forman; his sister, Crystal Hayward (Earl), Dessie Chancey; his daughters, Renelle Romine (Nubbin Ginn) and Dawn Littlehat; his son, Jarrad D. Forman (Melissa); step-daughter, Carol Stephens Pomering (Ray); step-sons, Thomas Stephens (Cynthia), Charles Stephens and William Stephens. Grandchildren, Mason Forman (Megan), Brent Romine, Gabrielle Nolting (Kendall), Leah Forman and Morgan Forman; his step-grandchildren, Alexander Stephens (Laurie), Elizabeth Stephens, Brittany Marvin (Josh) and also 8 great-grandchildren. Visitation is Monday, May 13, 2019 from 5-7 PM at Rosewood Funeral Chapel. A funeral service will be Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 2 PM at Rosewood Funeral Chapel with burial to immediately follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Pallbearers are Jarrad Forman, Mason Forman, Morgan Forman, Kendall Nolting, Jason Chancey, Ray Pomering, Michael Hanson and Alexander Stephens. Honorary pallbearers are his granddaughters. Words of comfort may be shared at


  • Jesse James Forman, Father
  • Beatrice Glaton Forman, Mother
  • Frances Newman Forman, Wife
  • Crystal Hayward and husband Earl, Sister
  • Dessie Chancey, Sister
  • Renelle Romine and husband Nubbin Ginn, Daughter
  • Dawn Littlhat, Daughter
  • Jarrad D. Forman and wife Melissa, Son
  • Carol Stephens Pomering and husband Ray, Step-daughter
  • Thomas Stephens and wife Cynthia, Step-Son
  • Charles Stephens, Step-Son
  • William Stephens, Step-Son
  • Mason Forman and wife Megan, Grandchild
  • Brent Romine, Grandchild
  • Gabrielle Nolting and husband Kendall, Granchild
  • Leah Forman, Grandchild
  • Morgan Forman, Grandchild
  • Alexander Stephens and wife Laurie, Step-Grandchild
  • Elizabeth Stephens, Step-Grandchild
  • Brittany Marvin and husband Josh, Step-Grandchild
  • Desmond also leaves behind 9 great-grandchildren to cherish his memory.

  • Mason Forman
  • Jarrad Forman
  • Ray Pomering
  • Morgan Forman
  • Michael Hanson
  • Alexander Stephens
  • Kendall Nolting
  • Jason Chancey


  • Visitation Monday, May 13, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, May 14, 2019
  • Burial Tuesday, May 14, 2019


J. Desmond Forman

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Susan Lewis

May 10, 2019

To ALL of Desmond's Family, please know how very sorry we are for your loss. May the Lord meet your deepest need at this time as only He can...We Care!

We met Desmond at worship in 1974 right after moving to Victoria. Our families became fast friends. Our kids loved Desmond and would tell their friends that they knew a man who looked like Roy Rogers! :) They also loved the fact that he worked on a train! :)
When we were expecting our 3rd child, Desmond designed and built a beautiful baby hi-chair that would also rock! It was beautiful!
Though we moved from Victoria in 1978 we have always remembered Desmond fondly. He was truly a very unique man and will surely be missed!
Love and Prayers to ALL his Family, Larry and Susan Lewis