Thomas Edward Judge

Thomas Edward Judge

November 14, 1934 - April 05, 2014

Thomas Edward Judge

November 14, 1934 - April 05, 2014


Thomas Edward Judge
November 14, 1934 – April 5, 2014

Thomas E. Judge, 79, Laguna Hills, CA, passed away on April 5, 2014, surrounded by his loving family after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

Tom lived a full life, centered on family, hard work and helping those who are less fortunate. He was born to Edward and Marie Judge, and raised in Ames, Iowa. Tom was the second-born with seven siblings: John, Sam, Mary, Howard, Charlotte, Theresa and Nancy-a caring family which remained close through the years.

Tom graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Industrial Economics and was a lifelong ISU football fan. He also served as a commissioned officer in the artillery branch of the Army.

Tom was first of all a loving and proud husband to his wife of 36 years, Mary Lou. He was also a devoted father to his five children, Steven, John, David, Katherine and Michael; grandfather to Kristin, Lindsay, Aidan, Audrey, Mikey and Max; and great-grandfather to Jack, Tanner, Tatum and Eva. He cared deeply for each of them and their spouses, as he did for many nieces and nephews on both sides of his extended family. Sadly, Tom was preceded in death by two sons, Steve & John.

Tom learned early in life a strong sense of social justice from his family and the nuns who taught him in grade school. From their teaching and example his favorite prayer became “A Prayer to St. Francis,” praying to become an instrument of the Lord’s peace..

Where there is despair, let me sow hope…
Where there is sadness, joy.
Not so much to be consoled as to console,
To be loved as to love..

To this end, Tom was dedicated to helping the disadvantaged and needy, including family, friends, employees, strangers and charitable organizations. He volunteered to work for various social justice causes including feeding the poor and otherwise disadvantaged. Tom served as president of the Mental Health Association and of “Endeavors,” which assists ex-offenders to transition from prison back to society.

While Tom was a compassionate person, he was also an effective and determined business leader throughout a wide range of jobs in all geographic areas of the U.S. and in Northern Europe. These jobs included senior executive positions in three different Fortune 500 container manufacturing companies and in the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Tom was also an owner and CEO of a major billboard poster printing company for five years before retiring.

Tom was also fun-loving, a sports enthusiast, and he enjoyed being with people. In recent years he looked forward to regular trips with Mary Lou to the Midwest to visit family. Every week he had fun with his fellow volunteers at St. Kilian’s Catholic Church and his friends in the men’s golf league.

In his own words, Tom was very human and “fell short”sometimes as we all do. But Tom never gave up trying. His love and generosity changed the lives and outlooks of countless people, from all faiths and walks of life, across the country. His favorite quotation-spoken by John F. Kennedy, echoing the Gospel of Luke-was:

“From those to which much has been given, much is expected.”

All are invited to honor Tom’s life at the following services.

• Vigil: Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 7:00 PM. O’Connor Mortuary, 25301 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Hills, CA, 92653.
• Funeral: Thursday, April 10, 2014, 1:00 PM. St. Kilian’s Catholic Church, 26872 Estanciero Dr., Mission Viejo, CA.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Johnson County, IA. Tom’s family and friends will be participating in the NAMI-Walk on 4/26/14. You may donate to the Tom Judge Memorial team using this link:

Or send check to NAMI-Johnson County, PO Box 3087, Iowa City, IA 52244-3087. In memory of Tom Judge.

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4 responses to Thomas Edward Judge

  1. David Judge says:

    I Had a Great Time with my Father a couple summers ago coming to the Laguna Hills areas. And a Trip to San Fran.. Its was a Great time for just me and him to talk an have fun ..

    I’ll miss him Greatly.

    His third Son David E Judge

  2. One of my fondest memories is going to New York City with Grandpa Tom and Grandma Mary Lou. Kristin and I were only 15 and had never really seen a big city before. I remember Grandpa having a stash of 5 dollar bills in his pocket. Every time he walked passed a homeless person he would had them $5. It showed what a good heart he had and how he always cared for others who were disadvantaged. Love you Grandpa and will miss you dearly.

  3. Lindsay, what a beautiful memory of such a kind grandfather! He will love you and be watching over you until you meet again in heaven!

  4. Tom was a pivotal person for Dismas House in the late 1990’s and one of the best mentors I could have hoped for at that time. He had knack for balancing doing good with solid business principles…along with a wonderful ability to connect with people at just about any level. Dismas House may very well not have survived the decade except for him, So when I think of Tom, I’m reminded of the 3,000+ men and women whose second chance started with Dismas House. Coincidentally, the same day I received word of Tom’s death from Mary Lou, I also received a college graduation announcement from one of these 3,000+ I bet Tom had no idea how many people he helped like this. And if he did (knowing Tom) I’m quite sure he would take absolutely no credit for it. I posted a picture of Tom at a benefit for Dismas House with Sr. Helen Prejean in 1996. With him are my mother and Mary Lou to his right and Sara Bahner to his left.

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