Sean Thomas Kelly
September 22, 1956 - October 4, 2014
Grand Prairie, Texas
ODESSA Sean Thomas Kelly, age 58, of Grand Prairie, TX, passed away on October 4, 2014 at Baylor
Medical in Plano, TX.
Sean Thomas Kelly, born September 22, 1956 in Honolulu, Hawaii to Flora June Sullivan and Phillip Thomas
Kelly, moved to Odessa as a young man. While growing up he played the drums in the Crockett Junior High
band and was a percussionist in the Permian High School Marching Band.
Sean played in several bands in West Texas: Wheatstraw, Jade, The Marbles and Research. He started at
UT Austin on a full scholarship for the drums and returned to West Texas when his mother fell ill. His first jobs
were at The Music Store of Texas and the Picking Parlor. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Odessa
College with an electrical engineering degree, he began his career at Comlogic. While he was playing in
Wheatstraw and living in Odessa, Sean met Gale Ares and they married May 17, 1980. Their beautiful
daughter Alison was born March 4, 1982 and was the highlight of her dad's life. After Comlogic he relocated
to Fina, where he worked all over the world before moving to Dallas/Fort Worth in 1995. On October 4, 2000
he started working for Microsoft and continued there until his passing. His lifelong passions were technology,
music and-most of all-his family. Sean's paternal grandfather was a renowned concert pianist in Boston. One
of his favorite pastimes was to jam with the Hydros at Soggy Bottom.
He is survived by his wife Gale, daughter Alison, son-in-law Adam and their son, his pride and joy Elliott-his
Sean and Terry Pate aspired to record for musicians who could not afford it and he wanted to work with
Music for Children. He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason.
Memorial donations may be contributed to the Sean Kelly Songs of Hope Foundation, 1810 Westminster
Grand Prairie, TX 75050.
Graveside services were held at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Tuesday, October 7, 2014.
He will be laid to rest where his mother and father are buried.