MYRICK, THOMAS M., 57 of Goochland County. Our beloved and brilliant Thomas M. “Mack” Myrick, passed away on December 17, 2018 in his perfect place of peace and solace, his home, with his beloved wife Karron and children Brandon and Rachel. An unexpected exit from a life well-lived; his family, his friends, his colleagues, and his community are left to find a way to carry on as he did with focus, perseverance and remarkable resilience. A 1984 graduate of New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Tom was an accomplished mechanical engineer with a number of inventions which contribute to NASA’s study of Mars. Of note is flight hardware that was mounted on two NASA rovers — Spirit and Opportunity – that in the winter of 2004 landed on Mars. Tom was a gentle soul with a fierce intellect which drove his projects and his peers to always be better. Survivors include his wife Karron L. Myrick; two children, Brandon R. and Rachel K. Myrick; mother Betty Myrick; two sisters, Marion Raines Myrick (Fred Bradford) and Margaret Alison Grow; niece Laura Grow, nephew Evan Bradford. He was predeceased by his father; John Raines Myrick. The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7:30 pm Thursday, December 20th at Affinity Funeral Service, 2720 Enterprise Parkway, Richmond, VA. 23294. A prayer service and time of story-sharing to follow at 7:30 pm at the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Raptor Trust or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.