Thomas G. LaFayette, Jr., 63 of Arizonia formerly of Benton Harbor passed away August 2, 2019 at his home after a long battle with diabetes.
Tom is a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he earned several medals for his service both stateside and abroad. He grew up first in Fairplain and later, Hartford, Michigan, the first son of Thomas and Ruby LaFayette. As a child, he learned electronics, built and worked on miniature trains and shared his father’s passion for motorcycles, fast cars and aviation. As he grew older, he continued his passion by acquiring and restoring his father’s Harley Davidsons. His father was a great influence and bestowed upon Tom a work ethic that defined his life. His success and dedicated service to his community and his country can be directly attributed to his work ethic and his natural mechanical ability.
During high school he played sports and loved playing the trombone in the school band. He was always willing to help his bandmates. After graduation, he married his high school sweetheart and later divorced.
Tom entered the U.S. Air Force in 1973 and proudly served 16 years with distinction. The discipline and patriotism he learned in the Air Force never left him. After leaving the Air Force, he continued his service his country by spending 5 years in Saudi Arabia and 5 years in Scottsdale, Arizona in support of the Warfighter. Always a Patriot, always a Wingman, Tom never let his friends and family down. He was a devoted son, father, brother, grandfather, uncle, friend and mentor.
He is survived by his brothers Mark (Natalie), Dale (Toni) and his sister Betty (Brian), Sliter. Son, Christopher (Judith) and grandchildren Loralise, Jack and Jeromy and daughter, Angel (Aaron) Fox and grandsons Jonathan and Brendan. Nephews Kevin and Matthew. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas G. LaFayette, Sr., and Ruby Jewell LaFayette.
Donation for Thomas G. LaFayette Jr. can be made to:
The Veterans Affairs Voluntary Services. https://support.amvets.org
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