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Thomas Richard Kitts

January 15, 1947 ~ July 5, 2019 (age 72)

Thomas Richard Kitts, 72, of Amarillo died July 5, 2019.

Visitation will be from 6-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at Schooler Funeral Home Brentwood Chapel, 4100 S. Georgia St. Memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, July 11, 2019 at Hillside Christian Church West Campus, 6100 S. Soncy Rd with full Military Honors. Private family interment will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery. Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home.

Thomas was born January 15, 1947 in Washington, D.C. to Bill and Beatrice Kitts. He was the oldest of 4 siblings. He grew up in Falls Church, VA and later moved to Houston, TX his senior year when his Dad accepted a job with NASA.

Tom graduated from Clear Creek High School in 1966. He attended the University of Houston until he was drafted by the Army in 1971 during the Vietnam War. After 2 years of service in Heidelberg, Germany he returned to attend Lamar University to complete a degree in Geology.

After college, he worked as a Wireline Engineer and then a Sales Engineer for Schlumberger. In the late 80’s Tom achieved the positon of Vice President of British Plaster Board. Later he worked in the natural gas side of the energy industry before retiring with CSI as Senior Sales Engineer in 2015.

Tom married Terri Susan Shoemaker August 1, 1986 in Amarillo, TX. He was a member of Paramount Terrace Christian Church and later attended Hillside Christian Church every Sunday at 8:15. He was involved in many professional oil and gas organizations: SPWLA-Society of Professional Well Log Analyists, AAPG-Associaton of Petroleum Geologists, PPROA-Panhandle Producers and Royalty Owners Association, SPE-Society of Petroleum Engineers (scholarship chairman), API-American Petroleum Institute, Gas Compressor Institute in Liberal, KS  and PIE-Petroleum Industry Education.

In his spare time, Tom enjoyed skiing, hunting, playing/watching soccer, riding bicycles in Palo Duro Canyon, taking his dog to the park, and was a motorcycle enthusiast. He even had the nick name “Moto Doctor” for his talent of fixing almost anything in the garage. He loved spending time at the lake and on the slopes with family and friends where he was known for his great sense of humor and quick wit.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

Survivors include his wife Terri Kitts; three children and their spouses Tod and Teri Kitts, Kheli and Joe Harless, Trevor and Meghan Kitts all of Amarillo; seven grandchildren: Damian, Braydon, Ryan, Ashlin, Casey, Tori, and Malorie; a sister, Donna Robinson and Husband Ken of Dripping Springs, TX; numerous nieces and a nephew; and his faithful Chocolate Lab Tank.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America at 401 Tascosa Rd. Amarillo, TX 79124

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