Timothy Samuel Hicks, age 58 of McKinney, Texas, passed away Friday, March 4, 2022. He is survived by his wife Donna; son Christopher; daughter Elizabeth; father Samuel T. Hicks and wife Kathy; sister Ann Hicks; and many loving in-laws, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is preceded in death by Mother, Jo Ann H. Hicks and brother in-law, Otis W. Hatcher, Jr.
Tim was born in Kansas City, Missouri on March 28, 1963, to Sam and Jo Ann Hicks of Pierce, Nebraska. He attended Prairie Elementary School in Kansas City, Long Lots Jr. High in Westport Connecticut, and Jesuit College Preparatory School in Dallas. He attended Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska where he studied Pharmaceuticals and SMU in Dallas where he joined the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, studied Music Education, and arranged songs and played piano for the Pigskin Revue. He graduated in 1982.
He began his teaching career at Westwood High School in Palestine Texas as the Head Band Director for four years, during which he met his wife, Donna Churchman. In 1990, they moved to Hillsboro Texas and both taught music at Hillsboro High School and married on March 13, 1993. Tim and Donna began their family in Hillsboro before they moved to Ferris Texas where he taught at the High School. During his seven years as Head Band Director, he earned his 1st Division UIL Marching Contest Award. Tim began teaching at St. Mark’s School of Texas where he was the Band Director for 20 years. He positively influenced countless young men by encouraging them to be their best, starting a jazz program, teaching a love of music, and supporting his students becoming upstanding members of society.
Tim was a member of TMEA, ATSSB, TPSMEA and the ‘Diamond M” Club. He attended summer classes at the University of North Texas. He played in a variety of different musical groups, such as: Tuba Christmas, The Singapore Slingers, the Richardson Community Band, Celebration Jazz Orchestra, Dallas Czech Orchestra, SMU alumni band, and Strictly Tablue, a band made up of his colleagues from St. Mark’s School of Texas. Tim was known for his love of his family, friends, students, cats, and his quick wit, big heart, and personality. He positively influenced so many in almost 40 years of teaching and will be miss by all of us.
A memorial service will be held at St. Marks School of Texas at 10600 Preston Road in Dallas on March 27, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. A life celebration ceremony will follow in Decherd Hall at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, his family requests that donations be made in his name to the ASPCA or to Operation Kindness in Carrollton, TX.
Ann Ellis March 25, 2022
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