Thomas Jacobus Moons: 1933-2020
Last updated 9/3/2020 at 2:53pm
Thomas Jacobus Moons was born in Linschoten, Netherlands, in 1933.
The second of 13 children and oldest boy, he worked on the family dairy farm, went to seminary at age 12 for six years, and transitioned to get a degree in automotive engineering. In 1956, he came with his family to the United States as a refugee through Catholic Relief Services.
Originally in Iowa, their entire family eventually relocated to Southern California. It was there he met his future wife. In 1963 he married Ethel Bettencourt, who would be at his side until his last day here on Earth.
Soon after their first daught...