Tom is survived by his loving wife, Jennie, son Michael, grandchildren Seth and Vanessa, sister Chris, and brother Bob, as well as an extended family and friends. Tom will be remembered as exceptionally loving, generous and talented.
As a child Tom’s athletic prowess was recognized, especially in golf. He won many tournaments and titles as a junior golfer. He held the title of Junior Club Champ at Candlewood Country Club in Whittier the same year as his father, Hank, held the title Senior Club Champ. In addition to golf, Tom swam on several club swim teams as a child.
Tom attended St. Mary’s Elementary School in Montebello, Calif. and graduated from Cantwell High in 1968 where he was a four-year letterman in golf. Tom was offered golf scholarships at Stanford, Ohio State, Arizona State and University of San Diego.
He attended San Diego State University on a full golf scholarship where he played in the No. 1 spot for all four years and was All American. He also received a master’s degree in education with a major in counseling from the University of San Diego.
While at SDSU, Tom lived in Ocean Beach and this is where he developed a passion for the ocean and surfing.
Tom taught for 30 years in the San Diego Unified School District. He had several credentials and taught math, art, English, U.S. history and physical education. He retired from teaching in 2004.
Tom was very intelligent. I don’t think he bought a textbook throughout college. He was able to attend lectures and ace the tests.
He knew facts and figures on many topics and he constantly amazed me with wonderful stories.
Tom will be remembered for his joy, love of life, his generous spirit and the way he opened up his heart and home to everyone.
Tom was a bright light that brought fun and optimism to everyone. Tom was passionate about the ocean — he surfed, kayaked and paddle boarded off his home on Sunset Cliffs. If not in the ocean or on the golf course, he would be hiking or bike riding.
One of his favorite sayings was, “You’re never too old to have a happy childhood.”
Tom was also a truly gifted artist and his drawings adorn his walls and those of family and friends. The subject of much of his artwork was Hawaii — a place dear to him. His trademark signoffs were a drawing of a hibiscus and the expression “Much Aloha.”
Tom loved to travel and had been to Hawaii several times, as well as to Colorado, Mexico, sailing in the Northwest, cruises to Alaska and the Caribbean, and from the West to the East Coast frequently.
In addition to San Diego, Tom had a home in Palm Springs and loved the life and friends he has at Outdoor Resorts there. Tom Minor was a bright light that went out too soon. Much aloha, Tom.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 22 at 10 a.m. at St. Hilary’s Church, 5465 Citronell Ave, Pico Rivera, Calif., 90660.
A memorial paddleout will take place Saturday, Dec. 7 at 11 a.m. Participants will meet at the stairs at Sunset Cliffs and Ladera Street.
If you would like to sign the memory book for Tom, go to www.DignityMemorial.com.