Coach Tommy (Thomas Eugene) Dotson
Funeral Services for Tommy Dotson are to be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, at the Hearne High School Gymnasium. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until time of services. Internment will follow at Norwood Cemetery under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home in Hearne. Tommy Dotson was born in Hearne, Texas, on November 8, 1943, to James and Jimmie Dotson. His childhood years were spent in Hearne, where he graduated from Hearne High School in 1962. His Senior Class voted him as Class Favorite. During his growing up years, Tommy loved all sports, where he was quick to participate in all games from the “Red Hill” clay baseball lot beside his childhood house, to the Little League ballpark, to the golf course, and, of course, to Wood Field, home of The Hearne Eagles, where he starred as a football player. He served as a Co-Captain of the 1961 Eagle football team that won the District and Bi-District Titles. For his efforts and performance that senior season, Tommy was honored by being selected to the All-District Team, the All-Central Texas Team, and to the Honorable Mention All-State Team. After high school, it was no surprise that sports were still a part of his college dreams…Tommy attended Sam Houston State University on a baseball scholarship. While playing baseball for the Bearkats, he was a member of the squad that won the NAIA National Championship in 1963. While at Sam Houston State, Tommy was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. After his college experience, athletics were still a part of his future dreams…along with education. Upon graduation from Sam Houston State in 1967, Tommy accepted a coaching position at Shepherd High School. In 1968, he returned to Hearne, to serve on the Coaching Staff of his High School Coach, Ken Batson, where he coached through 1971. In 1971, he enrolled in Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado, to pursue an advanced education degree. He completed his Master of Arts degree in 1972. During this period of his life, Tommy married his longtime girlfriend, Carolyn Cazey, also of Hearne, on October 30, 1971. They got married in Taos, New Mexico. This fall, Tommy and Carolyn would have been married for 46 years! After his Master’s program, Tommy and Carolyn returned to Texas, where he accepted a teaching and coaching job in the Bryan Independent School District. But, after three years in Bryan, Hearne was calling one of its “favorite sons” to come home…so it’s back home…back to Hearne, to devote the rest of his professional career to the development of young men and young women in the classroom, behind the steering wheel in Driver’s Ed classes, and in the sports arena. In athletics, Tommy served on the staff of friend and mentor, Coach Robert Davis… they served together for 17 years. After 36 total years of “walking the sidelines,” Tommy retired from coaching; however, he continued to teach in the Hearne schools until his retirement “to the ranch” in 2003. Needless to say, since then, he has spent countless hours participating in and/or attending WHATEVER activities in which his grandkids were involved. Tommy loved being “Pop”…”Pops”… ”PawPaw” to those special grandchildren of Tommy and Carolyn Dotson. And, he loved to roam the pastures of the TD Ranch. Tommy was preceded in death by his parents, James Alfa Dotson and Jimmie Lora Dotson. He is survived by his loving wife, Carolyn Dotson; daughters, Tara and husband, Drew Jarrett and Brandi Dotson; granddaughters, Ashli and husband, Mike Evans, and Haley Fletcher; grandsons, Justin Thomas Dotson, Brent Fletcher, and Blake Fletcher; great-granddaughters, Ariah Lynn Evans, and Mackenzie Evans…and a host of friends. Pallbearers for Tommy Dotson’s memorial service include: Jimmy Reeder, Jay Reeder, Simon Martinez, Pete Trentacost, Robert Davis, Justin Dotson, Brent Fletcher, and Blake Fletcher. Most people who knew Tommy Dotson are aware of the many health issues he faced during his adult years. The “fight” in Tommy never allowed those health concerns to keep him down for long… that unquenchable spirit in Tommy Dotson serves as a legacy of faith and life that will live long after this moment of his passing, and will continue to serve to inspire us all. And, his love for his God was the bedrock of that faith. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made In Memory of Thomas “Coach” Dotson to Baylor Health Care System Foundation benefitting the Liver Transplant Program honoring Dr. Gregory J. Mckenna. Donations can be sent to 3600 Gaston Avenue, Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75246 or online donations to Give. BaylorHealth.com.