Thomas J. Patti, age 78, of El Paso and formerly of Alpine, passed away Wednesday, February 20, 2019.

Thomas was born November 19, 1940, in Saint Albans, New York.

Tom was a retired school administrator who worked at Canutillo ISD and Alpine ISD where he was a history teacher. He started his teaching career on the Navajo Reservation in Shonto, Arizona, and had a passion for history, whether it was teaching, reading, or talking about it.

Tom loved his family, and those that he befriended became like members of his family.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, William and Marguerite Patti; his big brothers Bill and Jack; and his son, Luke.

He is survived by his wife, Russell Ann; his children Bill, Shannon, Heather, Chant, and Morgan; his daughters-in-law Angie, Myrna and Melissa; and son-in-law Keith. Tom loved to spoil his grandchildren, Willie, Orrin, Tyler, Riley, Rachael, Ali, Ryan, Ginger, Amber, Madison, and Emma, and his great-grandchildren, Corina, Kylie, Justin, Isaac, KK, Ava, Kerry, Tripp, and Deklan.

A visitation for Thomas was the morning of Saturday, February 23 at Martin Funeral Home, 128 North Resler Drive, El Paso, followed by an afternoon memorial service.

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