Thomas F. Becker passed away peacefully in his home on 12/3/2013 surrounded by his loved ones. As He wished, He received Last Rights from Father Garcia from St Anthony’s of Padua (Manteca). He also, received additional prayers from Pastor Brandon Stearns & Gary Mangano, of Potter’s Touch Church (Copperopolis).
Thomas F. Becker was born on January 7, 1940 in Norman, Oklahoma, to Grace and George Becker. He lived in Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and The countries of Columbia & Venezuela as a child. He was fluent in Spanish and was a well-educated man. Tom graduated from Shattuck Military Academy in Fairbault, Minnesota which paved the way of his career in the Armed Forces. Tom served first in the U.S. Air Force 1959-1963, then the U.S. Coast Guard 1963-1983. He was highly decorated officer and a Marksman (Retired Coast Guard CWOII).
In January of 1963 he married his wife of 50 years Carol Foy. They traveled the Continental US & Alaska for the US Coast Guard. They had 3 children: James born: 11/1963, Thomas Jr. born: 3/1965 - deceased: 1966, & Roxanne born: 7/1968.
Tom was a hard worker, a good father & husband. He loved Jesus Christ, his Lord & Savior. He is Survived by his wife Carol, son James (Lathrop), daughter Roxanne Torres (Anthony) Copperopolis, 3 beautiful sisters: Susan B. Tealdi (Fred) Oakland, Merry Johnson (Milt) Winters , Lisa Malone (Michael – deceased) Livermore. He also was blessed in life to have 6 grandchildren: Joshua & Miranda (Harrisburg, Pa.), Anthony, Stefan (Stockton, Ca.), Sydnie, & Sophia (Copperopolis). Tom was an uncle to many nephews and nieces.
After retirement from the Coast Guard, the family settled in Stockton, CA. He worked for APS Security Services 1983-1988. He also worked as a transporter for Delta Mortuary Services 1988-1991, working with all of the Stockton - Lodi area mortuaries. He finished college through MTI as a Medical Assistant and worked in the field before retiring fully in 1995. Tom and Carol moved to Pennsylvania 2001-2007. Eventually they moved back to California & settled in Lathrop, CA to be closer to their grandchildren, children, & His sisters.
Hobbies: Fishing and standing on his soapbox sharing his opinion, He was also a lifelong fan of the San Francisco Giants Baseball & 49ers Football.
Interests: Loved to read, cook, music, watching Jeopardy and playing Solitaire and Mah Jong
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, George & Grace Becker, son Thomas F Becker Jr. & Brother in Law Michael Malone.