Thomas Ray Trietsch, 77, of Sanger passed away at his home on March 14, 2013. He was born July 28, 1935 to Henry and Pearl Trietsch. He married Kay Hartman on July 4, 1958. He was a caring and devoted husband, father and grandfather.
Thomas graduated from North Texas State University in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Arts. Later, he completed his Master of Education at North Texas in 1968.
Thomas was stationed in Germany, where he served in the Army from 1958 to 1960. Upon his return, he was hired by Gaineseville I.S.D. Thomas taught industrial arts in Gainesville for 31 continuous years, retiring in 1991.
During his career as an educator, he invested in the lives of his students. This included driving a bus on a regular route, to football games for the drill team, and to other out-of-town events. He sponsored the Industrial Arts Club and the yearbook staff for many years. He loved teaching photography to his yearbook staff and enjoyed taking, framing and viewing pictures his entire life.
Thomas was a lifetime farmer and rancher. As a student in FFA, he received the Texas Lone Star Farmer Award. He supported youth agricultural education through the Denton County Livestock Association and the Blue Ribbon Club. Thomas always enjoyed seeing the fruits of his labor, whether it be a cow with a newborn calf or freshly harvested wheat.
Throughout his life he was active and involved in many activities and received many accolades, but none was more important to him than his Christian faith. In earlier years, he was a youth director. He was a life-long member of Blue Mound United Methodist Church, where his service included song leader for many years. Thomas was also a charter member of the Texas Boys Choir.
Thomas is survived by his wife, Kay Trietsch of Sanger; daughter, Christina Stenger and husband John of Allen; daughter, Dana Wright and husband Billy of Sanger; daughter, Elizabeth Muir and husband Thomas of Sanger; 10 cherished grandchildren, Sarah, Stephan, Suzanna and Scott Stenger, Billy Wright III and wife Jessica, Erin and Shayne Wright, and Grace, Bella and Julia Muir; sister, Shirley Haisler and husband J.B. of Sanger; sister, Evelyn Yeatts and husband Clyde of Gainesville; stepsisters and brothers, Nancy Franklin, Rita Sharp, Kenneth Moorman, and Irwin Moorman. He was preceded in death by his father and mother Henry and Pearl Trietsch, stepmother Vivian Moorman Trietsch, and stepbrother Gary Moorman.
Visitation will be held at DeBerry Funeral Home in Denton from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 17, 2013 and funeral services will be held at Blue Mound United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. Monday, March 18, 2013..
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Thomas to the Sanger Education Foundation at P.O. Box 429, Sanger, TX 76266.