Thomas Jack Lasater

November 12, 1931 - August 2, 2019
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Thomas Jack Lasater passed away on August 2, 2019.   He was born in Greenville, TX on November 12, 1931.   Tom received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in education from The University of Houston.

Tom and his late wife, Jane, were educators in the Galveston Independent School System for nearly 30 years, serving to guide many of the then future generations.  Tom was a Social Studies Teacher and Athletic Trainer at Ball High School.  He was Assistant Principal at Weis Middle School.  He served as principal of Alamo Elementary, Morgan Elementary, Ball High School, and Central Middle School.  After retirement from GISD, Tom became principal of Galveston Catholic Schools until he retired completely from education to relax, enjoy life and play as much golf as he could.  Tom enjoyed the Tuesday night poker group with whom he played for over 25 years.  He was a big fan of University of Texas football.   Nothing made Tom happier than running into his former students and teachers.

Tom had many accomplishments during his years as an educator.  While at the Galveston Catholic Schools, enrollment increased from 270 students to 635 students.  At Central Middle School he reorganized the school from eighth grade only to a seventh and eighth grade campus and added 34 classrooms to the school.  At Ball High School, he established a recognized discipline program, created Red Room to honor outstanding students and teachers, and received a $25,000 grant from Moody Foundation to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Ball High School.  At Morgan Elementary School, Tom reorganized and stabilized curriculum and added an after school program.  At Alamo Elementary School, he remodeled the school while school continued in progress, winning a 96% attendance award.   Tom also added a program for the profoundly handicapped, installed a bi-lingual program and established the Gifted and Talented program for GISD.

Tom was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church; Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus; charter member of the Texas Society to Prevent Blindness; Vice-President of Advisory Board of Big Brother/Big Sisters; two term President of American Heart Association; President of Island Rotary, Paul Harris Fellow; and President of The Galveston Chapter of Boy Scouts of America.

Tom is preceded in death by his former wife, Jane Lasater; mother, Lillian Harris; father, Joseph Lasater; brother, Bill Lasater; and sisters, Edna Nonus and Elnora Hubble.

Tom is survived by his wife, Martha Lukovich Lasater; his son, Michael Lasater; and three grandchildren, Cameron, Phoebe and Veronica Lasater.   He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, with special mention of his nephew, Jim Nonus, who helped care for Tom in his last years.

There are many people to thank for their dedication in caring for Tom.  First among them are Charlotte and Ray Atkinson and the caring staff at Avalon Memory Care in Cedar Park.  We would like to thank the outstanding team from Hospice of Austin, led by Shelly Robichaux, who gently guided Tom through the final stage of is life.  A thank you also to the many specialists and their staff at UTMB.

Tom’s family will receive visitors on Sunday, August 11, from 5-7 PM at Malloy & Son Funeral Home.  A rosary will begin at 6:30 pm.  Graveside service will be held at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Dickinson, TX on Monday, August 12, 2019 starting at 10 AM.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Nonus, Bill Nonus, Donald Hubble, Charles Stager, and Armando Cardona.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the GISD Education Foundation; Catholic Charities; Holy Family Catholic School; or the charity of your choice.

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Date: Sunday, August 11, 2019

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Malloy & Son Funeral Home

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3028 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Date: Monday, August 12, 2019

Time: 10:00 am

Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery

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, Dickinson, TX, 77539

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Cemetery Information

Date: Monday, August 12, 2019

Time: 10:00 am

Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery

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, Dickinson, TX, 77539

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Houston, TX 77006
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Holy Family Catholic School

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Galveston, Texas 77550

 

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Carla Case posted on 8/11/19

My thoughts & prayers to the Lasater family. I was fortunate to have met Uncle Tom, visiting with him at numerous family functions. He had a very kind & caring soul. I’m sorry for your loss. He is sleeping peacefully now in a better place.

 

Ted Waterman posted on 8/11/19

With a heavy heart I wish to send my condolences to the Lasater family. Tom " Coach " Lasater was my athletic trainer while I played football at Galveston Ball in the late 60's and early 70's. He was quite a motivator. I will always remember his reply when me or my teammates would come to him worn out, beat up, seeking his training expertise, ( or a little break from the rigors of practice ). " Motion is the lotion" would be his reply, a pat on the back side, and out the training door you went some how feeling a little better. Later in life, Tom became one of my cherished customers as I operated my HVAC business in Galveston. I always allowed more time when he would call for service, knowing we would be sitting in his garage going over the countless high school yearbooks and talking about the past. I will be forever grateful for his friendship. Ted Waterman Jr.

 

Phyllis Beaulieu Robinson posted on 8/11/19

Dear Martha and family, What a wonderful example Tom was for the rest of us! Our condolences for his loss. May God bless you all. Love, Cliff and Phyllis Beaulieu Robinson and family

 

Greg Smith posted on 8/10/19

Great man, great administrator, great mentor, great friend and one of the kindest souls I have ever met. Vaya Con Dios!

 

Greg Smith posted on 8/10/19

Tom Lasater was one of the best men that I have ever met, one of the best administrators I have ever been mentored by and one of the kindest souls I have ever engaged. Vaya Con Dios!

 

Marjorie Shaw posted on 8/10/19

Mr. Lasater was my principal when I was a young teacher at Ball High. I have always remembered him as such a kind and decent man. I am glad our paths crossed.

 

Roderick Dorsey posted on 8/10/19

R.I.P. to a great person. Mr. Lasater was my elementary school principal at Alamo ES during the early 80s I believe. He did a lot of spectacular things for GISD. He’ll be sorely missed. May God bless his soul, and may God bless the Lasater family. May he Rest in Eternal Peace in Heavenly Paradise.

 

Pamela Hardeman Powell posted on 8/10/19

He was one of my teachers at Ball High.I have thought about him.sSuch a wonderful person.May God give this family the comforting ministry of the Holy Spirit.

 

Diane Collings posted on 8/10/19

Tom was very special... He was never too busy to share his time or his memories. I will always be thankful for his kindness after losing my family.

 

Diane Y Merchant posted on 8/9/19

A gentle giant has been silenced but his warmth and compassion shall resound loudly in the memories of those who were blessed to know him.

 

Andrew Wright-Broughton posted on 8/9/19

Sorry to hear of Mr Lasater’s passing, he was a great principal and I have great memories of him at ball high.

 

Sylvia Lopez posted on 8/7/19

Great administrator many years ago I started working as an office substitute. I entered Central Middle School where Mr. Lasater was Principal, as I entered the main office I heard yelling and and not so nice language coming from a parent who was not having a good day and was spreading the experience to all. Mr Lasater was so sweet he stood at the counter and just...just looked and tried to get a word in ...Any way I signed in and went to the office where I had been assigned to. This is the memory that stays in my heart Mr Lasater found me and apologized for the inappropriate behavior I had walked into 😀 wow such a gentleman I reassured him I was fine and there was no need to apologize. 😔 Great caring person ❤️

 

Louis and Maria Gleason posted on 8/7/19

Wishing you all comfort at this time.

 

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