Thomas “Tom” Linton, Jr.

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Thomas Ray Linton, Jr. born September 16, 1959 and resident of Alvin, Texas rose to his occasion on March 30, 2015 to begin a new journey. Tom will continue to impact and enrich our lives, one who will never be forgotten. A spectacular husband, son, brother, uncle, and friend.
Tom is preceded in death by his mother Mary Phyllis Linton, sister, Theresa Blankenship, mother-in-law Wynona Thorp, and brothers-in-law Ricky Thorp and Donald “Biggie” Thorp. He is survived by his loving wife of twenty years Jessica E. Linton, father Thomas Ray Linton, Sr., loving brothers Charles “Chuck” Linton and Theodore “Ted” Linton and wife Cheri. Also sorely missed by father-in-law Jerry Thorp, sister-in-law Diane Marceaux and husband Pookie, brothers-in-law Ronald Thorp and wife Julie and Jerry “Junior” Thorp, and by numerous nieces and nephews.
Tom graduated from La Marque High School in 1977 and from the Firefighter Certification Academy in 1982. He was awarded the LMVFD Top Volunteer of 1981 with 128 alarms and again in 1982 with 106 alarms. He had extensive experience in fast-track project completions and possessed the talents and expertise to provide quality workmanship on all of his projects. His traveled across the globe building structures for communities here in Texas, in Utah, California, Indiana, etc. Employed with The Evans American Corporation, he was leader on projects of catastrophic nature such as hurricanes in the US Virgin Islands. He was a proud employee and an extended family member of Tellepsen Builders for 15 years. He was lead senior project manager on such projects as Lakewood Church, Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, La Porte ISD Stadium Improvements, Sugar Creek Baptist Church, and The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Infrastructure Ike Recovery project to which he twice received the Gold Step Award for demonstrating leadership in safety excellence. Tom also is the recipient for the Motivator Award–“If God put Tom in charge of pregnancy, women would deliver in three months” as stated by Peine Engineering Company.
He leaves a legacy for being known to solve anything and there was nothing he could not conquer. Just ask Tom and no doubt he’ll have an answer that does the trick. He’s your all-around grand, thoughtful, amazing, intelligent man one who will be remembered for his greatness. He was a master of building or repairing anything, enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, boating, golfing, going to the rodeo, or creating master wood work pieces. He loved cooking his ribs on his dilapidated BBQ pit while hosting many “Barn Parties” with family and friends for The Houston Texans and The Dallas Cowboy football games, Nascar Racing, and baseball. He was a lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, as well as the National Rifle Association.
Please join in sharing of all the fond memories and celebrating Tom’s life, which we will all forever treasure and hold deeply in our hearts and souls. A visitation will be held with the family Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 1:00pm at James Crowder Funeral Home, La Marque, Texas. A Memorial Service will immediately follow at 3:00pm with Pastor Jack Ewing officiating.
My love, my husband, my soul mate, my best friend, my everything! Until we meet again….


  1. Jessica – I am so sorry to hear about Tom. He was definitely one of my favorites here at Tellepsen.

    Linda Manning
  2. Cannot tell you how sorry I was to hear about Tom. He was definitely one of my favorites at Tellepsen! We’ll miss him!

    Linda Manning
  3. Tom as a coworker you were respected and looked up too by me and everyone at Tellepsen. During my time of scare with cancer you were there for me even when you were going thru your own trials and tribulations with cancer. You gave me comfort and someone to speak with, not understanding everything I had to deal with. I will cherish all the communications we had…thank you for being there for me. My friend I love you and will always carry you in my heart. It gives me great comfort that you are up in heaven and showing the angels how to build…may you rest in peace…until we meet again.

    Susan Phillips
  4. Tom and I started at Tellepsen about the same time and after a couple of years of being there officed next to each other. During those early years as a young Project Manager I always admired his ability to have a discussions with subcontractors and never loose his cool. He would explain what he expected and seemed to always work through the situation. He helped me and anyone else when they needed it, and he was always your “go to” guy for help with excel. He was a friend and asset to the people he worked with and will be missed by all.

    Chad Clark
  5. I started working at Tellepsen in 2001 and several months later became Receptionist. I saw people come and go all day long but Tom was one of those that I remember most. He was always so very friendly and compassionate. He always had a smile on his face and he would always stop and say hi. I am so sad to hear of his passing. When I heard he had been sick I had just gone through the loss of my own father to Luekiumia and I knew what a hard battle it was. I prayed for Tom then and I will continue to pray for his family during this time. There are times in our lives when we ask “why?” But it’s in those times that we learn to lean on God and only then can He help us through. Praying for each on of Tom’s family members, especially his wife Jessica.

    Michelle Griffis
  6. Like it was yesterday, you took a Saturday and helped me plant that Silver Leaf Maple in the front yard of our new house (1987), our times at the Rockets and Astros games (you sitting there with your tie dipped in your beer cup) and us laughing until we couldn’t when we saw that. Dallas, Marble Falls, Denver, LA, Oklahoma City, St. Louis, St. Thomas USVI and on and on. Memories that always make me smile.
    Many years passed with us doing our own thing but our friendship never changed as was evident when we shared lunch just a few short months ago. I always looked up to you and will forever cherish the times The Lord allowed us to share. I also look forward to eternity when we won’t part ways ever again my friend. My prayers for The Lords comfort are with you Jessica and Tom’s entire family.

    Rodney Stephenson
  7. Tom was the BEST manger of construction projects I have ever worked with and I have had the opportunity to work with some of the best in Houston. I had the great fortune to work with Tom on his first project at Tellepsen and for a number of years until his talents became too well known and he was pulled away to work on bigger, and more difficult jobs. Tom had that great mix of talents -dedication and hard work, technical expertise, never quit mentality and a manner to treating fellow workers with respect. I missed working with him, but enjoyed following his many accomplishments and seeing him from time to time. I will miss him now as will his many other friends in the construction industry. He was one of a kind!
    God Speed my friend

    Dave Hill
  8. Jessica and Jerry- This is Karen from the Crowbar. I am so sorry to hear about Tom. He was a very nice and funny man! My thoughts and prayers are with you guys.

    Karen Bruce
  9. I went to elementary school with Tommy. He passed a note in class between my boyfriend and me and the nun caught us and “interrogated” us. We were scared and shed a few tears, but we never told her a thing -:). We also graduated in the same class. Tommy was such a gentle soul, kind, courteous, and quick to smile. Blessings to you and your family. It’s been said “death is like taking off a tight shoe”. Ahhh.

    Cathy Heyer Glowacky
  10. And He will raise you up on eagle’s wings,
    Bear you on the breath of dawn,
    Make you to shine like the sun,
    And hold you in the palm of His Hand.

    Rest in peace, Tom.

    David Stead
  11. I am so saddened to hear of Tommy’s passing. The entire Shifflett family sends out condolences,

    Mary Ann Mason
  12. Tom,

    Dude you were a great friend and co worker, I will always remember our times together on some great jobs, Lakewood, TCHWest, Second Baptist and UTMB. I will forever miss you Tom Linton, until we meet again sir. Boston’s Don’t Look Back…..far out Dude!

    John Brock
  13. Tom was a real pleasure to work with. I had the opportunity to work with him at Tellepsen on some large and complicated projects, and will always remember him as the consummate professional, always on top of things, in control. He was unselfish, always ready to help others when asked, and ensure that everyone shared in the triumphs. Professional, but fun, too. We will miss his quick wit and his ever present smile.

    Lee Vanderwilt
  14. I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during these difficult times.

  15. I will miss my good friend Tom. There will never be another like you on this side of eternity. I was lucky to know you.

    David Mahood
  16. I had the pleasure of working with Tom at Tellepsen. The first job we did together was the Lakewood church project. It was a very challenging project but I never saw him lose his cool. He always treated everyone with such respect and was always so well prepared. He was a good man and I am saddened to hear of his loss. My condolences to his family and friends.

    Mark Solz
  17. My thoughts and prayers go out to Tom’s family. He was a good man and a great coworker.

    Richard Gentry

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