Thomas Lee Naivar, 75, of Hallettsville, passed away peacefully Easter morning, Sunday, April 4, 2021.
Thomas was born in Taylor to Leo W. Naivar and Annie C. Naivar.
He grew up on the Naivar family farm in Circleville, along with his three siblings.
Thomas attended St. Mary’s Catholic School from first grade through his senior year as a graduate of the class of 1963. That same year he went on to join the U.S. Navy where he traveled extensively learning technical skills as a sonarman. After four years of service in the Navy he was honorably discharged, then had a long career in specialized technical work with companies such as Xerox, Abbott Labs and Northrop Grumman.
Throughout his life his interests and passions included farming, fishing, hunting, boating, scuba diving, camping, grilling out and travel. He was always drawn to any body of water or beach.
He found great joy in working with his hands and could fix or build just about anything. He particularly enjoyed donating his time and skills to charitable projects. Most importantly, Thomas treasured his family, friends and faith.
Thomas was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Leo and Annie.
He is survived by his three children, Charles (Marcy) Naivar, Shelley Grabowski and Matthew Naivar; two grandchildren, Madison and Morgan Naivar; brother, Franklin (Aloma) Naivar; two sisters, Barbara (Bobby) Buratti and Dorothy (Jim) Nipper; as well as several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service presided by Rev. Keith Koehl of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church will be held Saturday, April 10, at 2 p.m. at The Knights of Columbus Hall, 2201 East Fourth St. in Taylor. Immediately following the service friends and family are welcome to a barbecue dinner.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, 301 East 4th St. Taylor, TX 76574.