Thomas D. Brasher passed away unexpectedly at Good Samaritan Hospital with his loving wife and daughter by his side. He is survived by his wife, Gay Ann, daughter Carole Lynne Heinen (Mark), grandsons Taylor Douglas Heinen (Barbara) of Dallas, Texas, and Garrett David Heinen of Long Beach, California and brothers Donald Allen, James Harold (Tanya) and Richard Charles Brasher, of Alexandria, Louisiana. Tom is the son of the late Oscar Douglas Brasher and Edith Marie Boogaerts.
Tom was born in Shreveport and raised in Alexandria. He attended Menard Memorial High School and graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (University of Louisiana at Lafayette). He began his professional career in law enforcement as an auxiliary policeman with the Lafayette City Police Department and soon became a regular officer on the city force and worked in patrol. He joined the Louisiana State Police in 1966 where he worked until 1970 when he was recruited by the United States Postal Inspector Service. The United States Postal Inspectors are federal law enforcement agents who serve as the law enforcement arm of the US Postal Service. It is the oldest law enforcement agency in the United States.
Throughout his thirty-year career, Tom was assigned to the San Francisco division with most of his time spent in the San Jose area. Tom was primarily involved in investigating external crimes and was the first External Crimes Prevention Specialist for the division. He covered all of seven states and the Pacific Islands in that assignment. He also had assignments in child pornography, embezzlements and the monitoring of the design and construction of post offices. He served as an ad-hoc EEO counselor for a four-division area. His last assignments were on the San Jose External Crimes Team, the San Francisco Bay Area Violent Crimes Team, the Northern California Workplace and Violence Team and a detail to the postal service’s robbery task force. Tom retired at 57, the mandatory retirement age for federal agents. He was recognized by several local law enforcement agencies with whom he had worked and also by the FBI and US Secret Service.
Over the years, Tom and Gay, enjoyed traveling the world visiting 110 countries. Locally, he was a member of an SLK car club that caravanned around the Bay Area to various points of interest. Tom was known for his unique personality and sense of humor.
Visitation and Rosary will be held Tuesday, September 21, at 9:30 AM at Holy Family Church, 4848 Pearl Avenue, San Jose, followed by Mass. Burial to follow at Los Gatos Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association at diabetes.org.
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