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Thomas A. Draz
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Thomas A. Draz

April 13, 2018

Thomas Antrim Draz, 58, passed away unexpectedly Friday, April 13, 2018, at his home in Eau Claire, WI.

Thomas was born in Washington D.C. to Peter and Beverly (Antrim) Draz. Thomas lived life to the fullest, as a devoted husband, proud father, and loving grandfather.

Thomas proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1988 until his honorable discharge in 1996. Through that service, he found his passion for teaching.

As a teacher, most recently at Chippewa Valley Technical College, Thomas worked to inspire his students to achieve their career goals. After the passing of both his father and father-in-law, he set up scholarships in their honor to help his students realize their own potential.

Thomas did not let personal adversity stop him from achieving his goals. Despite suffering health setbacks, Thomas realized his dream of finishing an IRONMAN triathlon in 2015. That drive didn’t end there, as he was training for this year’s IRONMAN in Madison.

Never putting the focus on himself, Thomas used his participation in triathlons to bring awareness to many local and global causes, becoming an inspiration to his teammates and fellow triathletes.

Thomas is survived by his wife Geralyn; his children, Chris (Lindsay), Jen (Kenn Paquette), Andrew; and his grandchildren, Roxy and Liam. Thomas is also survived by his brother, Steve (Dottie) Draz; and his sister, Dorothy (Steve) Anderson.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral Services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at Unity Christ Center, 1808 Folsom St., Eau Claire, with Rev. Sandra McKinney officiating.  Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

Chippewa Valley Cremation Services in Altoona is serving the family.  

Visitation

4-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at Unity Christ Center in Eau Claire.

Service

7 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at Unity Christ Center in Eau Claire.

Florist Information

Chippewa Valley Floral. 715-839-7673 All flowers should be delivered to the church from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday.

Condolences

  • Shelley McDermid When I saw Tom's obituary in the paper, my heart dropped. I worked with Tom at NWTC Marinette...he was such a wonderful man. We enjoyed many laughs together; I consider myself blessed to have had the experience of Tom in my life. Couldn't let the day go by without expressing my deepest sorrow at the loss of a person I considered to be a good friend.

    April 24 at 2:27pm

  • KRISTY OLSEN Draz Family, sending everyone my condolences. Thinking of you in my thoughts and prayers. During these times its hard to feel anything but sorrow, but remembering all the wonderful times you spent with him will always bring happiness and smiles. Take care of each other.

    April 19 at 2:02pm

  • DeeDeeThull So sorry to hear the loss of Tom. He will truly be remembered for all his dedication to the Trialthon sport. May you find comfort knowing he accomplished his dream...TomDraz you are an IRONMAN!
    Thoughts & prayers to you & your family.

    April 18 at 9:26pm

  • Stacey Wargowsky Geri, I'm deeply sorry for your loss. I extend my sincere condolences to you and your family. Take comfort in having family and friends close to you.

    April 18 at 3:43PM

  • Bjorn Hanson Geri & Family, Sorry to hear about the loss of Tom.

    April 18 at 12:06PM

  • Rick krenzelok Tom your physical presence may no longer be with us but your memories will live on forever. Your passion to better everyone around you was truly inspiring and will not be forgotten. I am so very grateful for the time I got to spend with you at cvtc as a student and as a friend. You will be dearly missed until we all meet again one day. My thoughts and prayers are with the Draz family through this very difficult time.

    April 18 at 10:38AM

  • Mark Puig It was with extreme dismay that I read of Tom's passing last week. I can't effectively express my feelings here but my sincere condolences go out to Geralyn and his family at this sad time.

    I had the good fortune to work with Tom as one of his fellow instructors at CVTC for several years. He was always passionate about his role there and the program is better for his contributions. I know he will be greatly missed by his fellow instructors but more so by the students he cared so much for.

    April 18 at 8:04AM

  • Dale Lange My deepest sympathy, Tom was a great guy. We taught together at NWTC in Marinette. We had many of great conversations over lunch. Will truly be missed by all.

    April 17 at 11:52AM

  • Linda OBrien Dear Draz Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss; it surely is a shock. I taught with Tom in Marinette. He was a good teacher, very easy to get along with, and always had a smile. May God comfort you and give you peace now and always.
    Sincerely, Linda OBrien

    April 16 at 9:40PM

  • David Samues marshall I am / well was part of his CCNA class and he has helped me tramendesly in completing his class. I am sorry to hear such a good man has died. I wish his family well and I'd like to come to his service if that is ok

    April 16 at 12:27PM

  • Paul Nelson This is very sad news. It’s almost unreal to me. This morning as I was looking over this week’s labs, I found myself asking myself, “I wonder if we’re gonna have a pop quiz this week”. Little did I know. I’m very proud to be a student of Tom, he has helped me in many ways to understand what’s being taught in class, he also made efforts to offer advice when I had issues preventing me from making it to class on time. I will always remember these things and his effort to prepare us for a good job/career. Thank you very much Mr. Draz.

    April 16 at 12:03PM

  • Frank Leffelman It is with great surprise and sadness I found out about Tom. I met Tom as one of my instructors at CVTC. We developed more of a friendship as we ran across each other at the YMCA here in Eau Claire. His presence will be greatly missed...

    April 16 at 11:58AM

  • Chris Sandford Unbelievable and very sad news! I was a member of the 2015 Ironman Wisconsin team with Tom, and we were all so proud and excited that he completed the race, as did the entire team. Toms finish was particularly inspirational because of his previous health challenges in prior Ironman attempts. He was truly an inspiration, and will be missed by every person he touched. I am thankful that I met Tom and will remember him always.

    April 16 at 11:01AM

  • Jodi Rust Wow! Is all I can say. Tom was a great guy. I will miss him here at CVTC. He could really take complicated tasks and make them easy for his students to learn.

    God be with your family at this time. Memories allow him to live forever in your hearts. Remember him fondly. Peace be with you.

    April 16 at 8:54AM

  • Joy Hinterberg We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our family extends deepest condolences to your family in Thomas' passing. We did not know him, but we know Jen through my nephew Kenn; God bless you, & sending prayers, strength, and hugs.

    In sympathy,
    Joy & Mike Hinterberg and Family

    April 15 at 9:30AM

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