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Thomas Joseph Mitchell

September 15, 1947 ~ January 6, 2024 (age 76) 76 Years Old

Thomas Mitchell Obituary

This obituary was lovingly submitted by the family of Thomas Joseph Mitchell.


Thomas (“Tom”) Joseph Mitchell of Laurel, Maryland passed away in his home on January 6, 2024. 


Tom was born September 15, 1947 to Thomas G. Mitchell and Marie Annette Mitchell in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He was sworn into the United States Navy by his father in October 1967.  Tom was a veteran of the Vietnam war and honorably served in the 3rd Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, which earned the nickname "The Devil-Dogs of the Belleau Wood."  Tom was a recipient of the Purple Heart, an honor that his father conferred on him on August 25, 1969. After his time in the Navy, Tom attended Loyola University and graduated with a B.A. in English Literature.   He went on to attend law school at the University of Miami and graduated with his law degree in 1978.  


Tom was known to immerse himself in various hobbies over the years including photography, gardening, researching family ancestry, long-distance running, and choral music.  In 1976 (at the end of his first year in law school), Tom began training as a long distance runner; by 1985 he had run 13 marathons! At the age of 38, he began studying music and taking voice lessons.  Tom developed into a competent choral singer and in 1987 was proud to be accepted into the Oratorio Society of Washington during which time he sang at the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony.  For many years, Tom served as the cantor of the 7:30 a.m. Latin Mass at St. Mary of the Mills Catholic church, and eventually joined the Chancel Choir.  Most importantly, Tom took  pride in being a father to his six children, dutifully providing for his family, and imparting his many experiences to them.


He is survived by his wife, Mary Frances Mitchell; his children, Meghan Marie Mitchell (James Gerken), Thomas Joseph Mitchell (Lily Jane Lovejoy), Mary Frances Harvey (Trevor Harvey), Daniel Patrick Mitchell, David Stephen Mitchell, and John Robert Mitchell; grandchild, Elena Marie Harvey; siblings, Marie Annette Vaughan, Mary A. Mitchell Gigliotti, Joseph A. Mitchell, and Denis Mitchell.  He was preceded in death by his parents Marie Annette and Thomas G. Mitchell, and his siblings Anthony Mitchell, Bryson Mitchell, and Michael James Mitchell.  



Visitation will be held at the Donaldson Funeral Home, P.A. on Friday, January 12, 2024, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm.  

*Open Casket viewing available for those who wish from 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm.*


Funeral mass will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, January 13, 2024 at Resurrection of Our Lord Church, 8402 Brock Bridge Rd, Laurel, MD 20724.   


In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make memorial contributions in honor of Tom to a charity of your choice.


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January 12, 2024

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Donaldson Funeral Home, P.A.
313 Talbott Ave. (Rte. 198 West)
Laurel, MD 20707

Mass of Christian Burial
January 13, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic Church
8402 Brock Bridge Road
Laurel, MD 20724

Burial at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date


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