Thomas Patrick Hughes


Thomas Patrick Hughes, 86, died at his home in Payson. He was born in Phoenix in 1918.

Mr. Hughes, along with his father, Bernard, and brother, John, was part of one of Arizona's prominent ranching families, raising cattle for nearly 80 years along the Beeline Highway from the Verde River to the Four Peaks to the Mazatzals. He attended Brophy Prep in Phoenix, and graduated from Loyola University in California in 1941. As a captain in the Army, he served in the European Theater in World War II, survived the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded two purple hearts and two bronze stars.

In retirement, Mr. Hughes enjoyed many fulfilling years of service as a volunteer with St. Vincent de Paul Transient Aid Center in Phoenix.

He is survived by Virginie Goodman Hughes, his wife of 61 years; his sister, Mary Nell Whitney; his brother-in-law, Henry B. Goodman; six children, Tom, Jr., Michael, Tim, Mary Thompson, Patricia Crosby, and Susan Shields; nine grandchildren and one great grandson.

He was preceded in death by his brother, John; sister, Adelyn Kilbane; daughter, Barbara Ann Treinen; and grandson, Ryan Hughes.

Funeral Mass will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21 at Brophy Chapel, 4701 N. Central Ave.

Donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Arrangements handled by Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.

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