Thomas Rogers Lockhart
April 12, 1961 – May 1, 2022
Thomas Rogers Lockhart was born on April 12, 1961, in Abilene, Texas. He was last seen on May 1, 2022, when he went for a run on a hiking trail near Hana, Maui. His parents are Louise Rogers Lockhart and Robert West Lockhart. Tom lived his early life in Abilene and was involved in First Baptist Church. Special influences on him at First Baptist include John Hunter, Les Gentry, and many others. Tom attended Abilene schools, graduating from Cooper High School in 1979. He was on the swim team under Coach Beverly Ball, another strong influence.
He attended Texas A&M University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy. His A&M experience included a six month work study program on a large farm in California; Tom decided California agriculture was for him. At A&M, he participated in a Christian group which impacted him greatly, setting him on a pathway he followed the rest of his life. There were a few stumbles along the way.
After college, he spent three months in Corrente, Brazil, with agricultural missionaries Sue and Dale Carter. Later, Tom and a group of friends from Chop Point Camp – a Christian Summer camp in Woolwich, Maine – bicycled across the continental United States. He also worked at an affiliate Christian Summer program in Massachusetts – Camp Good News.
Eventually, Tom began working at jobs in California agriculture. He earned a Master of Environmental Science from the University of California – Davis and settled into a job at the University of California – Cooperative extension of Monterey County doing agricultural research in Salinas, CA. He developed a strong interest in distance running, gardening, and wood working.
Tom became an active member of Cypress Church near Salinas. He also participated in Divorce Care and Celebrate Recovery, where he became a group leader. The church and these groups deeply influenced Tom’s life.
Tom is survived by his daughters Madeline and Caroline; his sister Carol Bass and her husband Bernhard; his parents Louise and Robert Lockhart; his niece Josephine Lawson; his nephews Dieterich Lawson, Henry Lawson, and Andre Bass; and other beloved family members. Tom collected friends in all phases of his life: First Baptist Abilene, Cooper High School, Texas A&M, Camp Good News, Chop Point Camp, the bike trip, the Houston Food Bank, distance running, and California’s agriculture community.
Persons desiring to make a memorial gift in Tom’s honor could consider Cypress Church, 681 Monterey-Salinas Hwy., Salinas, CA, 93908, or any other charity of their choice.