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Thomas Raymond Doyle, 73, passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. A long-time resident of Stillwater, Oklahoma, Tom was born in Stillwater on August 24, 1943 to his parents, Leora Hardeman Doyle and Howard "Danny" Doyle.

Tom graduated from Stillwater High School in 1961, where he starred on a Oklahoma state championship basketball team. He, like his father before him, received a scholarship to play basketball for Oklahoma State University, and he also ran track at OSU, where he liked to say he set a school record in the Triple Jump. His basketball career was cut short by illness. Tom graduated from Oklahoma State with a BA in Humanities in 1966.

From 1967-1969 Tom served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Germany where he was a translator and an aide to senior officers. He later served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves until 1982.

Tom returned to Stillwater after active duty, along with his treasured Porsche 356, which he happily sold after meeting, courting, and marrying his beloved wife of 47 years, Nancy (Riley) Doyle in February 1970.

He was a staff member for Oklahoma governor Dewey Bartlett's 1970 re-election campaign before joining Western Electric's accelerated management training program in Oklahoma City. Tom and Nancy's two children were born in Oklahoma City before the family was transferred to the Montgomery Works in Montgomery, Illinois. They soon decided raising their family in Oklahoma was more important than career. They returned to Oklahoma where Tom worked as a Manufacturing Supervisor for Western Electric/AT&T until early retirement in 1995.

As a young man, Tom's favorite quote was, "He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad," the opening line of "Scaramouche" by Rafael Sabatini. He loved reading and classical music. He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, farming, gardening and raising animals—cattle, hogs, and chickens—and looked totally content when he was on his tractor. He loved the companionship of his Cavalier King Charles spaniels Zach and Rex. Most of all he loved spending time with his family.

One early morning, while reading in his chair before commuting to work, Tom had a profound conversion experience. He spoke of it often and tears often came when he did. He became a Catholic and eventually, on June 22, 2001, was ordained as a Catholic Deacon in the Diocese of Tulsa. He served the parishes of Stillwater, Oklahoma, for many years.

In 2016 he and Nancy moved to San Antonio, Texas.

Tom is survived by his wife, Nancy; his brother Hardy and wife Barbara of Edmond, OK; his sister Dana Nelson of Fresno, CA; his daughter Tara (Doyle) Hawkins and husband Randy of Boerne, TX; his son, Dan Doyle and wife Cathy of Mesquite, TX; and five grandchildren Ashlynn, Gabe, Garrett, Audrey and Noelani. He is preceded in death by his parents Leora Hardeman Doyle and Howard "Danny" Doyle, for whom he served as primary care manager and caregiver during their last years.
Published on April 5, 2017
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