Mr. Thomas Lee Solomon, of Universal, Ind., passed away Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, surrounded by family. He was a former resident of Terre Haute, and was a son of the now late Mike Solomon and Frances Rozina-Solomon.
Mr. Solomon is survived by his son, J.T. (Nikki) Solomon; his daughter, Melissa (Warren) Mattson; brother, Bob (Marilyn) Solomon; his sister, Mary Mandich; grandchildren, Drew and Paige Solomon, Sidnee Randle Solomon, Brooke and Rebecca Mattson; brother-in-law, Avery Gose; sister-in-law, Josie Solomon; and several nieces and nephews.
He was previously married to Sandra K. Martin.
He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Olivia Solomon; sister, Jennie Gose; brothers, Mike Solomon Jr. and John Solomon; and brother-in-law, Mike Mandich.
Mr. Solomon graduated from Clinton High School in 1959, and from Indiana University in 1964 with a degree in education. He later went on to receive a master’s degree from Indiana State University. He worked as a middle school teacher, driver’s education instructor and coach for more than 40 years. He taught at both the middle school and high school levels. He started his teaching career at North Vermillion Schools and went on to teach and coach at Greencastle, Union City, Western Boone, and finished his career and retired from South Vermillion Middle School in 2001.
He had a love for sports. He was a three-sport standout athlete at Clinton High School, playing football, baseball and basketball. He went to Indiana University on a full-ride football scholarship. Throughout his 40-year teaching career, nearly every year he coached football, baseball or wrestling. The highlights of his coaching career included an undefeated football season at Union City and coaching individual state wrestling qualifiers. He had a passion for Chicago Cubs baseball and IU Sports.
When his kids (Melissa and J.T.) were trying to talk him into moving closer to them in order for them to help take care of him, his biggest concern was he would not be able to get the TV channels: WGN (to watch the Cubs games) and the Big Ten Network (to watch IU football and basketball games).