Dr. Hector Tobon

Dr. Hector Tobon passed away on Sunday in Webster, Texas. He was 85.

He was born to Emilio Tobon and Mercedes Escobar in a small village nestled in the valley of the Andes Mountains of Colombia. Knowing his entire life that he wanted to be a doctor of medicine, he completed medical school at Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogota against unsurmountable odds. He then married the love of his life, Miryam Castrillon, on January 29, 1961. He became a well-respected and affluent physician, affording himself and his family the life he had always dreamed of.

In 1969, Hector made the hard decision to begin a new life in the United States to protect his family from the turmoil and unspeakable violence of Pablo Escobar’s reign that ravaged his beloved paradise. Upon his arrival, he secured a Fellowship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. He would then go on to own several successful private practices, always fixed on helping his community and supporting his family.

Hector is survived by his cherished wife, Miryam; his children, Betty, Paula and Luz; their spouses, respectively, David and Kirk; his sisters, Fanny, Nelly, and Ruth; his grandchildren, Ariana, Casi, Sheldon, Jake, DJ, Nicole, Nicky, Philip, Andrew and his wife Deidre; and his great-grandchildren, Noah and Summer.

The celebration of his life will be held at the chapel of Mary Queen Catholic Church in Friendswood, Texas on Friday, October the 20th at 11 am.

Hector was a man who never surrendered in the face of chaos; a man who had great faith in the power of the mind; a man who had a deep, unwavering love for his homeland and family. His tender sternness, his dignified poise, and his joy of celebration will never be forgotten.

Hector, Dr. Tobon, Papi, Papo – You will be missed so much.



  1. Stella and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I know how proud he was of you and your care was unwavering. Thinking of you all. Much love and prayrts

    Fran Williamson
  2. Dear Mrs. Tobon, Betty, Paula and Family, many years ago I had the pleasure of being treated by Dr. Tobon; what a kind and wonderful doctor he was. Then years later working with Paula and meeting so many of his family was icing on the cake. I know he was a wonderful husband, father and proud grandfather. May God comfort you during this time of sadness; know the countless lives he touched with his healing hands and his loving heart will bring you much pride. And all of the wonderful memories will ease the heartache along with time. Sending love and prayers to you all.

    Denise Leitch
  3. Steve and I are so very sorry for your loss. Prayers to all of the family!

    Brenda Garrison
  4. Stella and family,
    May you all be wrapped in peace, comfort,and love during this very difficult time. I pray that you wool forever be blessed with living memories until reunited again.
    All my love,

    Laura Miller

    Laura Miller
  5. Stella I am so sorry to hear the passing of your uncle. I will be praying for you and your family my deepest condolences to all. God Bless you and may God bring younpace and comfort
    Love you 😘

    Mel Saenz
  6. My condolences to the family of Dr. Hector Tobon.. He was a wonderful man and will
    be truly missed.

    Josefina Randal
  7. A todos ustedes un abrazo entrañable. Héctor pudo transmitir su sabiduría y amor toda su vida… Caco y yo fuimos muy afortunados en recibir ese amor en persona durante sus visitas fugaces a Mundelein, IL.. Desde entonces permanece en nuestra alma y sigue creciendo.
    Luz, MUCHAS gracias por permitirnos susurrar a su oído todo el amor y agradecimiento que tenemos por él. Sabemos que la voz transmitida por celular el 7 de octubre de 2017, le acompañará siempre… Hasta Medellín Antioquia, donde le esperan sus montañas engalanadas y perfumadas con café.

    Sandra Aguilera
  8. Paula and family,
    My heart is with you as you grieve for this wonderful man. Special
    condolences to your mother, Paula. You were certainly blessed into
    a great and loving family. God’s peace be with all of you.

    Karlynn Sharpe
  9. Dearest Stella and family,
    What a beautiful tribute to such a loving and respected man. I am so trully sorry for your great loss. The only peace is knowing one day we will once again be reunited with all of our lost loved ones. May God bring you and your family peace and comfort. I know how much he meant to you and you were there for him till Jesus wrapped his arms around him and found a place of peace for him. All of my love always. Liz Walicki

    Liz Walicki

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