Thomas Marlette

Thomas Thompson Marlette

Wednesday, August 22nd, 1945 - Saturday, February 1st, 2020
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Thomas T. Marlette

1945 – 2020

Detroit - On Saturday afternoon, February 1, 2020, Tom took his final breath and went to reunite with his dearly departed family and friends in heaven.

Tom was born in Port Huron, MI on August 22, 1945 and from an early age connected with many friends that he would remain in close contact with for years to come. He graduated from Port Huron High School in 1963 and headed to Big Rapids for the college years. Naval service came calling and he served honorably as a fire control technician on the USS Ranger and USS New Jersey from 1964-1968. Upon returning to Big Rapids to finish his degree, he would meet the love of his life, Susie.

Tom graduated and began his career as an insurance sales representative. He and Susie settled in Taylor, MI where they had their first son, Steven. They ultimately moved back to Port Huron where Tom continued his career in insurance with Moore & Povenz and they had their second son, Timothy. In 1987, Tom, Susie and the boys headed west to Aurora, Colorado where Tom and Susie would remain until moving back to Michigan in 2012. Eventually, Tom’s path would come full circle to a residence on the St. Clair River where he enjoyed monitoring the movement of the lake freighters and reconnecting with new and old friends alike.

Tom is survived by his dear Susie Marlette, sons Steven (Jennifer) Marlette and Timothy Marlette, grandkids Meghan and Nicholas Marlette, sister Laura (Charles) Huebner and sister-in-law Judith Marlette. Tom and family spent much time together with the extended family over the years and Tom had a special place in his heart for nieces Annalee (Darrin) Judd, Kelly (Tim) O’Neil and Dana (Jim) Molony and nephews Jeff (Jessica) Huebner and Paul (Betsy) Huebner. His parents, Harold and Leota (Farnsworth) Marlette and brother John Marlette preceded him in death.

Special friendships were formed through the many activities in which he was involved. Though too many to name over the years, he remained connected with his fellow veterans, served as a volunteer in numerous community groups, faithfully attended and served in his local churches and sang in church and civic choirs. Tom also greatly enjoyed meeting with his friends at local dining establishments and absolutely treasured the time spent with his family.

Tom had a bit of a travel bug and loved to be out in his car heading to get togethers with family and friends. He traveled throughout Asia, Europe, Central America as well as the US and Canada over the years however no location held a more special place in his heart than the family cabin nestled in the woods of northern Michigan. Hundreds of trips north would be taken over the years to both the family cabin and the cabin down the road belonging to lifelong friends Tim and Jackie Ritter. All who passed through the doors of those cabins will long remember their fireside chats with Tom and this was a vital part of his life experience.

Tom will always be remembered for his generous spirit, his joy in connecting with family and friends, his infectious laughter and the twinkle in his eye.

The family would like to thank all of those who have been praying for Tom and the family. Also, special appreciation to family friends, Len Patterson and Rose Kota, who provided extraordinary support for Tom in his final days and whose contribution to his peace was immeasurable.

The family honors the memory of Tom and invites you to visit and share memories on Thursday, February 20, 2020, at the Smith Family Funeral Home-Hancock Street from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm. A memorial service will be held at The Cornerstone Church in Clyde at 11:00 am on Friday, February 21, 2020, with visitation beginning at 10:00 am. A reception will be held at the church following the service. Military honors will be conducted under auspices of the U.S. Navy and the Veterans Honor Guard Alliance.

Memorials may be made to The Cornerstone Church, 4025 North Rd, Clyde, MI 48049 or to Disabled American Veterans Chapter 12 Port Huron, 2115 Military St, Port Huron, MI 48060.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 20th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, February 20th, 2020 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    Smith Family Funeral Home - North
    1525 Hancock Street
    Port Huron, Michigan 48060
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  • Second Visitation

    Friday, February 21st, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Friday, February 21st, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Cornerstone Church
    4025 North Rd
    Township of Clyde, MI 48049
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  • Service

    Friday, February 21st, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, February 21st, 2020 11:00am
    Cornerstone Church
    4025 North Rd
    Township of Clyde, MI 48049
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  • Interment

    Lakeside Cemetery
    3663 10th Ave
    Port Huron, Michigan 48060
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The Corcorans

Posted at 08:40pm
Marlette Family, we are so very sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers to you.
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Posted at 07:55am
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Love, David Jurk & Wendy Collins

Posted at 09:48am
Aunt Sue, Steve, & Tim...we are so saddened by the loss of Uncle Tom. So grateful for his loyal friendship to Mom & Dad! Dale really loved him!
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Posted at 09:42pm
Thinking of you today. Our deepest sympathies. With love, Justin, Rachel, Audrey, Ellie, Julie, Joe, Abby, Max, and Daniel
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Bob Oman

Posted at 05:54pm
I was so saddened to hear of Tom's death. It was a moment of disbelief and sudden loss. Tom's friendship over the years has been a treasure to me. We remained in close phone contact since his move back to Michigan and always enjoyed catching up. I have great respect for Tom and will surely miss him. Mary and I send our most sincere condolences to Susie, Steve and Tim. May God give you strength and comfort in the days to come.

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