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Gordon Lee Thorn, Jr.

Obituary for Gordon Lee Thorn, Jr.

October 22, 1942 - August 22, 2017
Austin, Texas | Age 74


Gordon Thorn, beloved husband, cherished father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, friend, extreme Longhorn fan and UT alumni, passed away on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at the age of 74.

He was born on October 22, 1942 in Vicksburg, Mississippi to Gordon Lee Thorn, Sr. and wife Martha. He has two sisters, Nancy Stegall in Florida and Susan Thorn in Colorado. Gordon graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1963 with a Bachelor of Engineering Science and received a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from UT in 1970. Gordon worked for the state of Texas for over 26 years and retired from the Texas Water Development Board.

Gordon married Mildred Ross on June 3, 1986. They have one son and four daughters between them: Debbie Martinez (husband Eddie), Gordon "Trey" Lee Thorn III, Rhonda Contreras, Patricia Thorn and Wendy Pajak (husband Ken). They also have ten beautiful grandchildren: Daniel "Trey" Edward Wilkins III, Blake Ryan Anderson, Taylor Browning Wilkins, Devin Rae Contreras, Tessa Leigh Wilkins, Will Austin Pajak, Asher Palmer Thorn, Ava Grace Pajak, Gabriela Noel Martinez, and River Thorn Sanchez; and cherished great-grandson Hunter Jaxson Anderson.

Gordon is preceded in death by his mother, Martha; father, Gordon Sr.; son Gordon "Trey" Lee Thorn, III; and grandson, Devin Rae Contreras.

Gordon loved to watch sports and visit with family and friends. He enjoyed gardening, camping, hiking, country dancing, playing softball on numerous beer and city league teams, and attending UT sporting events.

The family wishes to express gratitude to all of Gordon's longtime friends. Gordon cherished the relationships he had during his life and the rekindled ones on Facebook. Gordon, "the eyes of Texas are upon you."

Visitation will be held from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm on Monday, August 28, 2018 at Weed- Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 2620 South Congress, Austin, Texas 78704 with a Memorial Service to begin at 6:00 pm

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