Thomas M. Deighan

2013-12-01T00:00:00Z Thomas M. Deighan
December 01, 2013 12:00 am

BLOOMINGTON — Thomas M. Deighan, 58, of Bloomington died Friday (Nov. 29, 2013) at his home.

His funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Epiphany Catholic Church, Normal. Monsignor Eric S. Powell will officiate. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Normal. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington, where the rosary will be recited at 3:45 p.m. Additional visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Epiphany Catholic Church, Normal, or University of Illinois College of Law, Urbana.

He was born April 12, 1955, in Philadelphia, son of Thomas E. and June E. Bricker Deighan. He married Marti E. Roth on Sept. 27, 1980, in Danville.

Surviving are his wife, Marti, Bloomington; two sons, Michael and Patrick Deighan, both of Bloomington; and his mother, June E. Deighan, Bloomington. Also surviving are three sisters, Kathleen (Michael Blankshain) Deighan, Northfield; Karen (David Skelding) Deighan, M.D., River Forest; and Jennifer (Donald Knapp) Deighan, Bloomington; one brother, Christopher Jay (Nancy) Deighan, Warner Robins, Ga.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas, in 2000.

Tom was a 1973 graduate of Normal Community High School and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received his bachelor’s degree in political science in 1977, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa fraternity and received the Bronze Tablet Achievement. In 1980, Tom graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law.

He was an attorney for 34 years at State Farm Insurance Cos., last working on Nov. 25, 2013. He was a member of the Illinois and American Bar Associations. Tom was also a member of Epiphany Catholic Church, Normal.

Tom loved reading; watching sports, especially the St. Louis Cardinals; walking Gracie, their family dog; weight lifting; exercising; and playing tennis. He always looked forward to and enjoyed the family’s vacations in Florida.

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