Thomas W. Clapp

Thomas W. Clapp

HOUSTON — Thomas Clapp, 72, of Houston, Texas, passed away Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, at home after a 16-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

A memorial service and reception will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Cypress Creek Christian Church, 6823 Cypresswood Drive, Spring, TX 77379.

Thomas was born Sept. 20, 1946, in Champaign, to Lloyd and Norma (Graves) Clapp. He graduated from Champaign High School in 1964. He earned a bachelor of science in civil engineering from the University of Illinois in 1968 and a master of science in civil engineering from Tulane University in 1973.

On March 25, 1967, he married his high school sweetheart and singing partner, Nancy Ellen Lowe, in Champaign.

Thomas was employed as a civil engineer, specializing in offshore platforms. He was an early leader in deep water platforms and was one of the pre-eminent experts in that field.

In his free time, Thomas had many hobbies; he created stained-glass lampshades and designed elegant furniture in the Queen Anne and Georgian styles. In recent years, Thomas became an avid golfer. He enjoyed many days with his “golf buddies” and was never shy to tell about how he got not one, but two holes-in-one in the last couple of years. He also enjoyed gardening, traveling and spending time with his grandchildren.

Thomas is survived by his wife of over 51 years; two children, Darin Clapp and wife Johnna of Windsor, Colo., and Christina Cox and husband Jeff of Houston, Texas; three grandchildren, Grigori Clapp, Lauren Cox and Alex Clapp; three sisters, Carolyn Corn (Richard), Nancy Aders (Dan) and Marilyn Hamilton (Doug); mother-in-law, Betty Moyer; three sisters-in-laws; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Norma, in 2002 and 2000, respectively.