Vigil Saturday, Funerals Next Week for Victims Found in Bryan House Fire

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BRYAN - Saturday night, a candlelight vigil will be held for the father and daughter found dead in a Bryan house fire Monday morning. Tuesday and Wednesday, funerals will be held for them.

Noel Devin, 32, and her father Thomas "Mac" Devin, 63, will be remembered at an event in the Zone Plaza between Kyle Field and the Memorial Student Center at 8:00 p.m. Saturday.

Then on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m., funeral services will be held at Central Baptist Church in College Station. For an hour prior, there will be a short reception for family and friends. There will also be a short reception after the Tuesday service.

The next day, another funeral will be held, also at 2:00 p.m., at the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home in Gainesville. The two will be buried following that service.

Noel and "Mac" were the two victims found in Noel's home in the 2000 block of Vinewood. Noel worked at the 12th Man Foundation in the ticket office, and worked closely with Aggie Athletics, notably the women's basketball team.

"Mac" Devin worked with the A&M College of Veterinary Medicine.

Both were Texas A&M graduates.


The following is a press release from the 12th Man Foundation:

The Aggie family collectively mourns the deaths of Noel Devin ’04 and Thomas Mac Devin ’89, who left this world much too soon, but also left behind endearing legacies that embody the Texas A&M core values that they both cherished. The father and daughter died on April 6, 2014.

Noel was a 2004 graduate of Texas A&M, where she earned a BA in history. She began her career with the 12th Man Foundation in 2006, accepting a job in the ticket office.

"Noel was a force in our office who managed to do more in a few hours than many people can manage in a day," said Carole Dollins, Senior Vice President of Ticketing. "Her creative brilliance and selfless commitment to serving our donors, Texas A&M students and our student-athletes was seen each and every day. She loved her online persona as ‘Aggie Tickets,’ and her passion for A&M athletics and meeting the customer service needs of our fans was a wonder to behold. Her efforts will serve as a model for our future endeavors. We will find ways to get her job done in the future, but she is absolutely irreplaceable. I am so much better for having known her and so proud to say that she was my friend.

"The death of Noel’s father, Mac, doubles this tragedy," Dollins added. "He was a very special man who loved his family more than anything. Our hearts go out to their remaining family members along with their countless friends now dealing with this loss."

Noel enriched the lives of countless individuals and groups throughout her career at the 12th Man Foundation, including colleagues, student-workers, student-athletes, coaches, donors and customers. "Noel was family, and her love for Texas A&M and all of her teams made her beloved to our players, parents, coaches and fans that she loved to work with," said Gary Blair, head women’s basketball coach. "Noel embodied service and loyalty like all Aggies, but she took it to another level. Thank you Noel for making us each better."

A candlelight vigil has been planned to remember Noel and Mac on Saturday, April 12 at 8 p.m. in the Zone Plaza, which is located between the Memorial Student Center and Kyle Field on the campus of Texas A&M University. Candles for the vigil will be provided and distributed by the Texas A&M Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). The 12th Man Foundation offices will be open to all those who attend the vigil afterward for fellowship and refreshments.

Information about funeral services and burial are pending at this time. In lieu of flowers, scholarship funds have been established for Noel and Mac. The information is as follows:

Noel Devin '04 Memorial Scholarship
A memorial scholarship honoring Noel Devin has been established at the 12th Man Foundation. Checks should be made payable to the 12th Man Foundation and be sent to "The Noel Devin ’04 Memorial Scholarship Fund," 12th Man Foundation, P.O. Box 2800, College Station, TX 77841. Contributions may also be made in cash or by credit card. Please direct all inquiries or donations to Toni McDowell at 979-260-7577 or by email to

Mac Devin '89 Memorial Scholarship
A memorial scholarship fund is being established to honor Dr. Mac Devin with the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. Gifts to the "The Thomas Mac Devin DVM '89 Scholarship" should be made payable to the Texas A&M Foundation and include a note on the memo line of the check referencing the name of the scholarship. Gifts may also be made by cash or credit card. Send donations to the Dean’s Office, College of Veterinary Medicine, 4461 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-4461 or call at 979-845-9043. Please direct all inquiries to Noell Vance in the Dean’s Office.

Mac Devin (photo from TAMU)
Noel Devin (photo from TAMU)