Thomas "Tom" James Scofield

July 06, 1946 - March 23, 2018


Thomas “Tom” James Scofield passed away peacefully in his home on Friday, March 23, 2018, at the age of 71 years. Tom was born on July 6, 1946 in Cleveland, OH to Jean Brunner Scofield and the late T.J. Scofield. As the middle child of three, Tom loved spending time with his older sister, Terri, and younger brother, Patrick. At 12-years-old, Tom moved to Nederland, TX with his family, where he lived until later moving to Beaumont. He eventually chose to raise a family of his own in the Beaumont area.

After graduating from Nederland High School in 1964, Tom started college at Lamar University. Shortly thereafter, he chose to leave the safety of college to volunteer for the Marine Corps in order to join the fight in Vietnam. Tom served with distinction alongside his brothers in arms, and as an Infantry Marine he fought throughout 1967 and 1968 including in the fierce Battle of Hue City. During his service in the country he was shot on two different occasions, received numerous military distinctions including the Purple Heart Medal, Vietnamese Service Medal, and M14 Sharp Shooter Rifle Badge. Over his own protests, not wanting to leave his fellow marines behind, he was honorably discharged and returned home in 1968. He loved the United States Marine Corps, his fellow Marines, and even a week before his death he was still swapping stories with a fellow Marine about their time serving in Vietnam. 

Returning to Beaumont after his tour in Vietnam, Tom re-enrolled at Lamar University and was a brother of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. It was during his time at Lamar that he met a young woman named Kathy, who would later become his loving wife. Tom graduated from Lamar with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and married Kathy in 1969.

In 1970, Tom began his career as a patrolman for Beaumont Police Department. Tom ascended through the ranks of BPD as he held a number of positions including working undercover for the Narcotics Department, on the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (S.W.A.T.) as the S.W.A.T. Commander, and in 1993 he was hired as Chief of Police for Beaumont Police Department. He loved police work, he loved the department, and he considered his fellow officers to be not only friends and colleagues, but extended family. Tom spent 13 years as Chief of Police before retiring in 2005. After 35 years on the police force, Tom fulfilled his dream of moving to the country as he and Kathy retired to 27 acres of land in Kountze, TX.

Tom’s greatest love in life was his family. Tom and Kathy were blessed with two children, Kelli Kristine Scofield Jorden and Jason Patrick Scofield, and one grandson, Brinden Patrick Jorden. From hiking in the mountains of Colorado to celebrating Father’s Day annually at Crystal Beach, Tom loved going on family trips and spending time creating everlasting memories with his wife, children, grandson, and the many friends that joined him along the way.

Tom never met a stranger he didn’t like and he made friends everywhere he went. He loved hunting with his friends and son in the Piney Woods and the Texas Hill Country. He loved fishing in the Gulf of Mexico with his grandson and son-in-law. He was an avid scuba diver, a bad golfer, a master teller of tall tales, and avid runner, and two time marathon finisher. He loved gardening and planted a garden every spring. He loved animals, especially his Golden Retriever, Duke, who was given to him by his son, Jason, one Christmas.

As an active member of Pineridge Baptist Church, Tom enjoyed participating in Bible Study and accepted Jesus Christ into his heart as our Lord and Savior. Even after Tom’s cancer diagnosis in 2008 and their dream home burned to the ground in 2013, Tom’s faith remained strong. Tom’s perseverance to beat cancer delivered him to his 10-year anniversary as a cancer survivor and his determination helped he and Kathy rebuild their home.

Tom is survived by his mother Jean Scofield, his wife Kathy Scofield; his daughter Kelli Jorden, her husband Ben, and their son Brinden; his son Jason Scofield and his wife Angie; numerous other loving family members, and too many friends to count. Tom is preceded in death by his father, T.J. Scofield, older sister, Terri Griffis, and younger brother, Patrick Scofield.

The family will accept visitors at Broussard’s Mortuary on McFaddin before the funeral service on Tuesday, March 27th, from 3 to 5 pm. Following the visitation, the funeral service will be held at 5 o’clock in the evening at Broussard’s Mortuary. Cremation will follow at Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont.

Memorial contributions in Tom’s name are suggested to the 100 Club of Southeast Texas, P.O. Box 3405, Beaumont, Texas 77704.


Gathering of Mr. Scofield's Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - McFaddin Ave.
2000 Mcfaddin Street Beaumont, TX 77701
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
3:00 p.m.
Funeral Service
Broussard's Mortuary - McFaddin Ave.
2000 Mcfaddin Avenue Beaumont, TX 77701
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
5:00 p.m.

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  • Robert Bailey

    07 May 2018 at 14:55 | #

    I was very saddened to hear of Chief Scofield's passing. I pray that God will comfort and console the hearts of Chief's family and friends. This wonderful man got my police career started. Thank you Chief and rest easy in Heaven.


  • Ken (Kenny) Kirksey

    02 April 2018 at 03:18 | #

    So sad to hear of Tom's passing. He was a friend of mine in high school. He along with Ty Van Auken and I did some funny things I'll never forget.


  • Mercy LaPointe

    26 March 2018 at 19:37 | #

    To Kathy: You have my sincere condolences. Earth has NO SORROW that heaven cannot heal! Be blessed!


  • Ron & Brenda DeLord

    26 March 2018 at 16:54 | #

    We are so sad to hear of Tom's passing. We have such fond memories of our friendship at Lamar and later BPD. Tom was a true public servant and family man. We will miss him dearly.


  • Henry and Pat Meek

    26 March 2018 at 16:42 | #

    Tom was a Law Enforcement officer's policeman! Enjoyed working with him and listening to his stores. No doubt he will be missed. Rest in Peace Tom, you earned it!


  • Peggy Murdock Wolf

    26 March 2018 at 15:54 | #

    My sincere sympathy to Kathy, Kelly and Jason and Aunt Jean. Your family mourns with you in the loss of Tom. He will be sorely missed by all.


  • G. Tommy Barnes

    25 March 2018 at 19:28 | #

    I'm so grateful to have known Tom. Kathy Scofield you both offered a wonderful witness for growing in Christ and how faith is paramount in overcoming challenges. He leaves a legacy of Christian character with having witnessed his boldness in sharing his faith and I always enjoyed his candor and wisdom during our men's bible studies at Pine Ridge. My deepest condolences in Tom's passing, and thanks to God for having been blessed with Tom's friendship.


  • Katy Rush

    25 March 2018 at 14:58 | #

    My sincere condolences to Kathy, Kelly and Jason. My cousin Tom had a big heart and loved his family. God bless.


  • Beth and Walter Williams

    25 March 2018 at 14:25 | #

    Sending our sincere condolences to my cousins wife and family, Kathy,Kelli and Jason. May Tom rest in peace, with his father Tex and siblings Terry and Patrick. He was a loving son to his mom and will be very missed.


  • Christina Gernale

    25 March 2018 at 13:21 | #

    My family will forever be grateful for the kindness the Chief shared with us after the death of my brother Conrad. Rest In Peace


  • Burnie Littletaylor

    25 March 2018 at 07:03 | #

    Yes good story Teller.


  • Paige Brown

    25 March 2018 at 02:23 | #

    Tom came by the house several times after Ky was diagnosed with his cancer providing Ky with such uplifting words of encouragement. Tom was a wonderful God fearing person that was there for us and I truly appreciated him during our difficult time. He will be missed; but I know he and Ky are having good time now. God Bless you Kathy


  • Candy Mathis Hollis

    25 March 2018 at 02:11 | #

    Kathy = My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I enjoyed working for Tom.


  • Vickie Thibodeaux

    25 March 2018 at 01:52 | #

    R.I.P Tom. My deepest condolences to the family.


  • Vickie Sheffield Styles

    24 March 2018 at 21:25 | #

    Tom was a gentleman and family man. He's now reunited with his heavenly family.,Aunt Lenora will have welcomed him with open arms. Prayers for Kathy, Kelli, Jason and your families. May you find peace and comfort during this difficult time.


  • Butch Pachall

    24 March 2018 at 21:11 | #

    I remember all the good times we had, Tom. SemperFi. I will miss you, but I'll see you in heaven.



    24 March 2018 at 14:57 | #

    So very sorry for your loss. Tom will be fondly remembered by all.


  • Phyllis Bairrington

    24 March 2018 at 13:10 | #

    My heart is heavy.


  • Pastor Mike LaBrie

    24 March 2018 at 13:10 | #

    Thanks for your service to our community, God Bless


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