Thomas Joseph Deschaine of Westland passed away May 31, 2014 at the age of 67. Cherished husband of Nancy, father of Mark (Bethany), Karen, and Laura O’Connor (Kevin), grandfather of Dakota, Jack, Jenna Rain, and Alex, step grandfather of Heather and Trisha, step great-grandfather of Michael, Justin, and Kasaun, brother of Robert Jr. (Connie) and Kathleen Horning (Mark) and uncle of many nieces and nephews. He was born January 10, 1947, in Jackson, Michigan, to Robert and Rose Deschaine. Tom was a proud and decorated veteran of the US Army (Vietnam) and a graduate of Eastern Michigan University. Tom was a teacher who started his career in the Cherry Hill School District and retired from teaching as a much-loved science teacher at John Glenn High School (Wayne-Westland Community Schools). Among Tom’s many recognitions, in 1997 he was awarded with the Outstanding Science Educators Award by the Metropolitan Detroit Science Teachers Association. In retirement, Tom became an avid fly fisherman, fly tier, published authority on Michigan’s rivers and fly fishing historian.

Tom’s final resting place will be at the Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta (Battle Creek), Michigan. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Mary Community Outreach Center in Wayne, Michigan.


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