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Hotchko, Thomas Michael

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July 15, 1938 - September 14, 2020

Hotchko, Thomas Michael
Thomas Michael Hotchko, a man of few words but had a plethora of clever one liners and a closet full of golf shirts, passed away peacefully the morning of September 14, 2020 in Dallas, TX.  Born in Zainesville, Ohio on July 15, 1938, Tommy met the love of his life, Marydell (née Scott), of almost 50 years. She hooked him in by making him let her drive home on their first blind date despite not having a license. Three years and and two girls, Cheryle and Beth, later, the four of them packed up the family car and drove Route 66 to live the American dream in Los Angeles. After 10 years of planting firm roots, they opened up their home to foster children. They failed, and adopted their only son, Andre. Not long after his adoption, another girl, Crystal, was added to the family. And the rest is history.
 
Tom excelled at many hobbies including coaching women’s softball, photography, ham radio (N6JAD), model trains and astronomy, but achieved a black belt in watching TV in his recliner.  Tom was also active in his church community.
 
Tom outlived two wives. Marydell passed away in 2006, and two years later he married Mary Jo Bush. They had a very happy life until her passing in 2015. Tom remained close with her children. 
 
Tom leaves behind 4 children, whom he often referred to as 1, 2, 3, and 4. Cheryle Stewart of Shasta Lake City, CA; Beth Hotchko, and wife Sandy Potter, of Dallas, TX; Andre Hotchko, and wife Zoe, of Los Angeles, CA; Crystal Hotchko Stewart of Los Angeles, CA along with granddaughter Madison Hotchko (Beth) and grandson Aiden Hotchko (Andre).  
 
Tom was stubbornly strong, a trait he passed on to his children.  Cancer was the only thing that defeated him. We ask any donations be made to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance. 
 
Memorial services will be held in both Dallas and Los Angeles. Details for both still to be determined. If you are interested in attending a service, please email [email protected] or [email protected], and we will keep you updated.

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Kim Brunson

September 27, 2020 7:37AM

Tom and I became instant friends as soon as we met at Hillcrest Baptist in Cedar Hill, Tx. Tom and Mary Dell were both very special to me. May God give you comfort and grace now and in the days ahead,


Judy and pat

September 22, 2020 9:20PM

We love you Tom and have for 40 years. We’ll keep an eye on your kids, since they are very specially to us. Say hello to MaryDell for us.


Tony Brown

September 22, 2020 6:30PM

Hugs and love to you Beth in this difficult time. Your father was an amazing man and Dad, and this was a wonderful remembrance. Our live and prayers to you, Sandy, Madison, and entire family.


The Kadner Fakily

September 22, 2020 11:30AM

Sending all our love and deepest condolences during this time of loss and sadness. May his memory forever be a blessing.