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September 19, 2018

DPS Remembers Legacy of Retired Colonel Thomas Davis

Funeral Services Begin Thursday in Austin
Retired DPS Colonel Thomas “Tommy” A. Davis Jr.

AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is remembering the life of retired DPS Colonel Thomas “Tommy” A. Davis Jr. who passed away on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, at the age of 77. Colonel Davis’ career at DPS started in 1965 and spanned more than 43 years, including three years as Assistant Director and eight years as Director of the department.

“It takes a special person to dedicate their life to public service, and Colonel Thomas Davis was indeed a proud public servant,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Colonel Davis embodied the spirit of leaders who are willing to selflessly serve and protect their communities, and for more than four decades, Colonel Davis did just that as a member of the DPS family. Our hearts remain with the family and friends of Colonel Davis during this very difficult time.”

Colonel Davis began his DPS career as a Driver License Trooper in Houston in 1965. In 1967, he transferred to the Texas Highway Patrol. In 1971, he was promoted to Investigator in the Criminal Law Enforcement (CLE) Division. With stops in Houston and Austin, Davis rose through the ranks of the division over the years, earning the top spot in 1993 when he was promoted to Chief of the CLE Division. He served as Chief until 1996 when he was named Assistant Director, the No. 2 position in the agency. In 2000, he became the 10th Director of DPS - a position he held until his retirement in 2008.

Visitation will start at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Cook Walden Funeral Home in Austin. Services will be held on Friday, Sept. 21, at 11 a.m. at Shoreline Church in Austin.

Davis is survived by his wife, two sons, daughter and seven grandchildren.

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