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Posted By Whitney & Murphy On December 23, 2019 @ 10:37 am In Obituary | 12 Comments

Thomas Lukas

Lukas, Thomas William, 70, of Scottsdale, Arizona, passed suddenly after a brief illness on December 15, 2019.
Tom was born in Chicago, Illinois to Edward B. Lukas and Rita J. Lukas on October 24, 1949. He earned his Bachelor of Arts at John Carroll University in 1971; and his Juris Doctor at Northern Illinois University in 1981. Tom married Deborah (nee Nelson) on June 26, 1982 and moved to Arizona in 1984. Thomas was active with the Downtown and Scottsdale YMCA; he volunteered as a Marshall with the Fiesta Bowl parade and other Fiesta Bowl charity activities. Tom was an avid sports enthusiast.
Tom was a loving husband and friend to Deborah for 37 years. He is also survived by his sister Laurita Lukas of Elmhurst, Illinois; his in-laws from Olathe, Kansas, Vern and Diane Nelson, Terri Olsen, Greg (Diane) Nelson and Christine Nelson. He had many cousins, was an uncle to many nieces and nephews and a great friend to many.
Tom is preceded in death by his parents (Edward and Rita Lukas) and his brother (William Thomas Lukas).
Cremation was entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home a memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to one of his favorite charities: Kino Border Initiative, PO Box 159, Nogales, AZ 85628-0159; www.kinoborderinitiative.org

Condolences for the family of “LUKAS, THOMAS WILLIAM”

Condolence from Malu Mauga on December 23rd, 2019 6:25 pm

Sorry for your loss Deborah. Tom was my boss at Capitol and also a friend. We had recently exchanged messages on Facebook for our birthdays and I had no idea about his battle. May you rest in peace my friend!

Thoughts and prayers to you and the family Deborah.


Condolence from Kathleen Klish on December 23rd, 2019 7:42 pm

Deb: I’m so very sorry for the loss of your sweet husband, Tom. May you find some comfort during this difficult time. You are loved by many and will be in good hands through God’s hands with Sandy and Jim. Praying for you my friend. Love you to bits.

Condolence from Zach Doyle on December 23rd, 2019 11:36 pm

So sorry for your loss Deb.

Condolence from Greg Novak on December 24th, 2019 6:52 am

Tom was a great guy and a great friend. We bonded 20 years ago playing lunchtime basketball at the downtown Y. We shared Chicago roots and love of the Blackhawks and Bears and agreed to disagree about Cubs vs Sox. We were political soulmates. Tom was smart, funny, compassionate and kind . I’m grateful for our friendship, Tom. Merry Christmas.

Condolence from Lori Hodge on December 24th, 2019 6:52 am

I am so very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you.

Condolence from Rober Harris on December 24th, 2019 3:04 pm

So sorry for your loss our prayers are with you. Dougal & Bob

Condolence from Christine White on December 24th, 2019 9:26 pm


Larry and I are so sorry to hear about Tom. We certainly did not see that coming. Our hearts ache for you and pray that you have peace. Tom was such a wonderful person and friend. He is going to be missed by many, including us. Please let us know when the service will be and if there is anything else we can do

Christine & Larry

Condolence from Steve Petrila on December 24th, 2019 11:18 pm

My condolences on your loss. You will be missed by all…

Condolence from Andy Polizzi on December 25th, 2019 2:49 pm

Dear Lukas family,

I am so very sorry for your loss. I met Tom around 1971 when we both worked at C T Corporation in Chicago. We stayed in touch through many moves around the country and changes in jobs and employers. Tom had a wonderful sense of humor and we laughed through many lunches at C T Chicago. Tom was a great friend and did take a lot of ribbing about being a White Sox fan from the North Side. But he was also the kind of guy who would do a favor for people even when they worked at a competing company. He will be sorely missed.

Condolence from Fr. Sean Carroll, S.J. on December 26th, 2019 6:10 pm

Debra: Please accept my deepest condolences on Tom’s passing. May God give you comfort and strength and may Tom rest in peace. Take care, Debra, and God bless, Fr. Sean

Condolence from George Romero on December 28th, 2019 9:06 am

I’m devastated by the news of Tom’s passing. Rosie and I extend our deepest condolences to you and the families. I echo the sentiment that he will be missed by all that came to know him. Tom and I became fast and lifetime friends after he re-located to CT San Francisco in the 80s, and he remained one of my closest friends to this day. To say that the world was a better place with Tom in it is such an understatement, but true nonetheless. There is a hole in my heart. I am so, so sorry for your loss.
Love, George & Rosie

Condolence from Bob & Rita Liegl on January 20th, 2020 12:20 pm

We know that after some time the loss begins to sink in. During this time we wanted to say the memories will live on – even our few times where we went to dinner or a baseball game will be at the heart of his spirit. He’s with his heroes and I’m sure will be blessing you ever day. Let us know if there are any memorials or events we can support in his name. Take care.

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