Eldorado - Tom Wesley Enochs was born in Eldorado, Texas on April 10, 1927 to Jeff and Myrtle Enochs as the youngest of their eight children. He died February 9, 2011 in Eldorado, Texas at the age of 83.
Funeral Service will be held at the Eldorado Cemetery Chapel in Eldorado, Texas at 2:00 PM Saturday February 12, 2011. Arrangements are by Kerbow Funeral Home.
Tom grew up in Schleicher County, Texas and graduated Eldorado High School in 1945. He was inducted into the army July 26, 1945 and served a tour of duty in Korea with the 54th Transportation Corps as a Tec 5 at the close of World War II. After his honorable discharge January 20, 1947, Tom returned to Eldorado where he and his brother Holvey entered into the business of chemical eradication of cactus, mesquite and bitterweed. Some of their formulations were used for many years in the county controlling these plants.
Tom later moved to Midland where for thirteen years he was active in the oilfield chemical and drilling mud business. It was there Tom met Margie Graham, a bookkeeper for a drilling mud company. They were married on September 14, 1962. In 1964, Tom and Margie formed Specialty Research and Sales, Inc.
During his research for better and more useful oilfield chemicals, Tom formulated a sealant, used in sealing leaks in earthen tanks, ponds, pits and underground concrete conduits as well as irrigation ditches. The chemical was used by farmers and ranchers as well as being used later as a sealant in porous zones while drilling for oil and gas. For this product, Tom was granted a U.S. Patent. Specialty Research , Inc. became a wholly owned subsidiary of Tom Brown, Inc., a Midland based oil and gas producing company. Tom remained President and Director of Specialty Research, Inc. while Margie served as an officer of the chemical company until his retirement.
After retiring, Tom and Margie moved to Schleicher County and purchased land west of Eldorado. Margie died November 6, 2002.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Jefferson Asburry and Myrtle Smith Enochs; his brothers, William Oran, Alvis Ray (Bus), Jeff Patton and Holvey Horace Enochs and their spouses; his sisters, Ethel Omega Etheredge, Fae Belle Harzke, Wenona Isaacs and their spouses.
Tom is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews. He is also survived by a dear friend and caregiver for many years, Llolanda Fonseca.
The family wishes to acknowledge his caregivers, Adela Sandate, Angie Palazuelos, Mary Leigh Dunagan, and Hospice Care of San Angelo. A special thanks to Robert Romatowski, PA of Schleicher County Medical Center, Mohomad Ammar Ayass, MD of San Angelo Community Medical Center and Father Chris Roque of St. John’s Episcopal Church of Sonora, Texas.