Thomas L. Doran, Jr.

thomas doran, jr.

April 17, 1948 ~ March 5, 2011

Born in: San Diego, CA
Resided in: Atlanta, GA

Thomas L. Doran, 62, unexpectedly passed away at home on March 5 of a massive heart attack. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Strickhouser, a sister, 2 nieces and many friends. Tom worked for the GA DOT since 1978 in the IT department. He served in the US Army, 82nd Airborne Division from 1972-77. Tom had a great love of photography. He loved photographing events, friends and family. He was a volunteer puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence and raised 10 dogs to go to advance training at the Regional Training Center in Orlando, FL. He was very active at the Horse Rescue in Cumming, GA. He spent many volunteer hours at the rescue with "his" horse, Bravo, a big Shire. A visitation for family and friends will be held at the gazebo in Grant Park on Saturday, March 12th from 10 to noon. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to or in Tom's honor. Wages & Sons Funeral Home, Stone Mountain.

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  1. Tom was a very kind man. Last year for the Animal Rescue Fair, he was looking forward to bring Bravo to the event, but showed up without his beloved Bravo. Reason? There was a bird nesting on his horse trailer and he did not want to disturb the nest. I thought this was just so very kind. My condolences for the loss, we are all just stunned.

  2. Everytime I would see Bravo, I would think of Tom, Bravo’s “dad” and Pam, Bravo’s “mom.”

    Tom’s love for Bravo and horses beamed from him when he was at the rescue with Bravo and other horses, he was in his element and relaxed. Some days he seemed to just enjoy the view of the horses. He was not a man of many words, but always had a hello for me or a wave. We would speak occasionally and I enjoyed Tom’s sense of humor.

    I will continue to think of Tom everytime I see Bravo.

    My sincere condolences to his family.


  3. The love and bond between Tom and Bravo was easy to see, they were in their own world when they were together. Bravo is truely going to miss you Tom. as will we all – R.I.P.


  4. Our Deepest Sympathy and love to you as we all share in this unexpected loss. Tommy was the glue that held our family together with the annual reunion; he will always be remembered and missed. His journey home was well timed by GOD & Tommy will help plan our ‘homecoming’ reunion.
    Tricia, Sandra and Jackie

  5. Thank you Tom for all you did for all the horses at the rescue. Bravo will miss his special friend. You will be missed but never forgotten. RIP

  6. Our sincere sympathy to Tom’s family.He was a good and kind man.He took charge of The Evors-Vernon family reunion the last few years and did a wonderful job

  7. My sincerest condolences to all of Tom’s family and friends. I met him at the horse rescue six years ago, and although he didn’t say much, his dedication to Bravo, and to the rescue, was always loud and clear. He was an honest, straightforward man, and I am glad I met him.

  8. We are shocked and greatly saddened by Tommy’s sudden and unexpected passing. As first cousins, we spent many holidays and reunions together and were extremely proud of Tommy’s success in his transportation field and for his untiring contributions to mankind. Our hearts go out to his wife Margaret, sister Kathy and family and friends as they cope with this tragic loss.

  9. My thoughts and prayers go out to Tom and his family in this difficult time. Know in your heart that he is in a better place, waiting for us and caring for the loved ones and animals that have gone before.

  10. Tom shared our love for the horse rescue. I only met him a few times, but those were memorable. His passion and love for the animals bound us together and he will be greatly missed.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I pray that you are comforted by the memories and in knowing that Tom gave back to society specifically to the animals and fellow volunteers in a way so few people ever achieve.

    Rhonda Watson, Patricia Newman, and Sydney Watson

  11. I’m sorry I never got to know Tom very well. He was working on Bravo the last time I saw him and he was obviously very good with animals. Having recently lost my husband I know what a shock it must have been. for his wife and friends and family. You’re in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you can take some comfort in to all your happy memories!

  12. I am so very sorry for your loss. I will always remember Tom with Bravo. They were quite the pair. He reminded me of my dad because of the pipe he smoked and the same quiet personality. I will miss you and your stories that you would share with all of us at the rescue and on the group online.

    May God watch over you and bring peace to your family. I am sure you are with so many of the amazing animals that have crossed the Rainbow Bridge. May they also bring comfort and peace to you. Valerie

  13. “While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.”

    -John Taylor

  14. My hearrt goes to you and your family. No words can help. He will be
    miss by all. Bless you

  15. The kids and I will miss “Mr. Tom”. We will always think of him when we see Bravo.

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