Thomas Alton LaJaune

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“Shortly after we married in 1972, Mike worked for Tommy and Found that they both shared a love for fishing and hunting. I first met Tommy, Joanie,...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Cindy Haden - League City, TX

“Tom was a special man. I admired his love of his dogs! I will miss him... tears today (I just heard the SAD news!)Kathleen, George and I are...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Anita Bobbitt - TN - Friend

“Katie and family,Mr. Tommy was an incredible human being, and that was evident as soon as he introduced himself. My deepest condolences. You are in...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Angelin Martinez - Nashville, TN

“Dearest Kathleen, so sorry to hear about your husband, Tommy. My heart breaking for you. The obituary was lovely. What a lucky man he was to have...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Robin McClellan - Franklin, TN

“Katie, My heart is heavy with you. Praying for peace and comfort. ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: Lisa Smith-Watson - Nashville, TN

“Tommy was a great guy and good friend to my family. I have fond memories of hunting and skiing with Tommy over the years. Kathleen, our love and...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: David Conrad - Knoxville, TN

“We have lost a wonderful man who inspired those who knew him. His smile and sense of humor will truly be missed. He enriched lives that his friends...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Terry and Donna Wilson - SC

“Thinking of you and Tommy. My love to you and family. ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: Sean Maloney - St louis

“Throughout ones life there are a few individuals that touch your heart or some way make an emotional connection. Sometimes those relationship last...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: bob woolf - Nashville, TN

“Karen, Tommy, Kathy, Michael, our heart goes out to all of you and your families. The loss of a parent is a very traumatic time. I have cherished...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Terri Miday - Fulshear, TX


Thomas Alton LaJaune, "Tommy", age 77, died Sunday, June 16, 2019. His beloved wife of 40 years, Kathleen O'Brien LaJaune, survives him.

Born in Houston, Texas, Tommy was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Breen Yeatts and Arthur A. LaJaune; by his sisters, Ann White and Marilee Tew, both of the Houston area, and a brother, Arthur A. LaJaune, Jr., Lakeland, FL.

Tommy was a widower, married to Joan Newsom LaJaune, the mother of his four children: Karen LaJaune Makarits (Andrew), W. Palm Beach, FL; Thomas A. LaJaune, Jr., Houston, TX; Kathryn LaJaune Stender (Robert), Boling, TX; and Michael A. LaJaune (Reanette), of Katy, TX. He proudly assumed the role of stepfather to Melissa Moore Eastham (James), McKinney, TX and Kathryn Eden Warner (Charles), Nashville, TN.

He delighted in becoming Grandfather to Dustin Carter, Katy, TX; Michael K. LaJaune (Lauren), Brookshire, TX; Krystle LaJaune Garrison (Zakery), Katy, TX; Kristi Makarits (Britany Bell) W. Palm Beach, FL; and Alexandra Williams, Nashville, TN, Great grandfather to Kelsey, Addison, Katherine, Zain and Whitney, Brother-in-law to Timothy W. O'Brien (Breck Platner), Bratenahl, OH and beloved Uncle to numerous nieces and nephews. He is also deeply mourned by his faithful four-legged companion, Baxter.

Owner of The Masonry Consulting Group, Nashville, Tommy excelled as a commercial masonry contractor in Houston, authored two books written for the construction trade, enjoyed being an avid hunter, fisherman, sometimes skier and golfer. He exuded the most positive attitude those he met would ever know. For the last 26 years, he spent some of the happiest weeks of his life with fellow fisherpersons on Snowbank Lake, Ely, MN, with friends who loved, respected and will sorely miss him.
Kathleen plans to host a Celebration of Life for friends and neighbors on June 23, 2019 from 2-4 p.m. at 9157 Sawyer Brown Road, Nashville, TN. Another Celebration of Life will take place the weekend of June 29, 2019 in Houston, TX. Details to follow.

Tommy donated his body to the Vanderbilt University Medical School for the Advancement of Anatomical Studies. Memorial gifts in his name may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept 142, Memphis, TN, 38148-0142.