Thomas "Tommy" Henry Dearing

July 16, 1951 - August 25, 2020

Thomas “Tommy” Henry Dearing, 69, died Tuesday, August 25, 2020, at Houston Methodist Hospital. He was born on July 16, 1951, to Doris Ruth Tinsley Dearing and Willis Henry Dearing, in Port Arthur.

Tommy Dearing was raised in Groves, Texas and graduated from Port Neches-Groves High School in 1969. As a young man he raised cattle and baled hay on his dad’s ranch, giving him a strong work ethic that was evident throughout his life. While growing up he enjoyed the beach, surfing with cousins and friends, and classic cars. 

He received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Industrial Engineering at Lamar University. It was at Lamar University where he met his wife Ramona Brunet Dearing and lifelong friends through the “Cards” and “Techsans” campus organizations. Tommy and Ramona remained active Lamar Alumni throughout their lives and he was an advisory board member on the Lamar University Industrial Engineering Board.

Tommy worked for fifteen plus years in the petrochemical refining industry as a leading fire safety and hazmat cleanup expert. For a number of years, he taught fire safety training at Lamar University, Texas A&M University, and Oklahoma State University. For the last twenty plus years, he was self-employed and supplied this same industry with leading fire-proofing technology. 

Tommy was known to attend every special event in the lives of those he loved. He would always be there, showing he cared for you. He had a giving heart and would do anything to ensure the success and happiness of his loved ones. His love language was gift giving; naturally, Christmas was his favorite holiday. Tommy was known as a jovial man who loved his hobbies of fishing and acquiring classic cars and hot rods. His interest in cars was a passionate hobby and he was always willing to talk about his latest car and how he planned to restore it. However, what he loved most was spending time with family and friends and traveling the world with his wife, Mona.

Survivors include his son, Jonathan Dearing and his wife, Jessica Dearing; daughter, Andrea Elenz and her husband, Cody Elenz; sister, Debbie Nicks and her husband, Robert Nicks; niece and nephew, Bridget Neal and her husband, Jeff Neal, and Jason Nicks; great-nieces, Hailey and Addison Neal; niece and nephew, Jana Brunet and Kirk Brunet.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ramona Brunet Dearing and his parents, Willis Henry Dearing and Doris Ruth Tinsley Dearing.

A family funeral celebration for Mr. Dearing will be held at St. Louis Catholic Church, Winnie. His graveside service will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 1, 2020, at Fairview Cemetery, under the direction of Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont.

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Fairview Cemetery

Fairview Cemetery
  • 223 cemetery dr winnie tx 77665

Graveside Service

Graveside Service
  • 223 cemetery road winnie tx 77665
  • 09/01/2020
  • 2:00 pm

Broussard's Mortuary - McFaddin Avenue

Broussard's Mortuary - McFaddin Avenue
  • 2000 mcfaddin avenue beaumont tx 77701

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Sandra Conn

Debbie and Tommy's Family, We are praying for during this time of loss. Sandra Wilkinson Conn

Larry blank

Only got to go fish with your dad one time when he and mark rouse stopped by last summer and spent the night we had a great time I know he will be missed bev and I are praying for your family. God bless you

Co DeBorde

Knew Tommy through TEEX. Great man and he will be missed. RIP brother.

Jerry Kurtz

To Outstanding Man who's gifts of life he shared throughout the community and families I knew Tommy through our school years then I traveled for 30 plus years but was always in touch through our classmates. Rest in Peace My Friend and Classmate

Ruth Badon chisholm

Tommy and Mona will be missed.. Let them Rest In Peace.. I loved them both ♥️♥️

Kent Newcomb

Thanks for the time you shared him with us. I enjoyed knowing him through TEEX Industrial Fire School week. Our deepest condolences for the Newcomb family.

Norma Vickers (Prater)

Sorry about your loss. I didn't know Thomas or his wife, but my daughter lives in Baytown and my grandson went to High School with Their Son. As it turns out we are related. My Grandmother, Mary Angie Dearing Prater was a sister to Thomas.s Grandfather Willis Hankla Dearing. God bless and we are praying for your family.

Mike Swafford

I went to school with Tommy all of my childhood years. You couldn't ask for a better friend than Tommy Dearing. Always had a smile on his face and I never heard him ever speak badly towards anyone. He was just a genuinely good person. The world has lost a good man. Thanks for being my friend while you were here on earth Tommy. I will miss you and will see you again someday. Until then, Rest in Peace old friend. Til we meet again. Love you Brother.