Thomas John (Pop) Stevens, Head of the Music Department of Taft Union High School and College since 1938, succumbed Monday, March 17, in his home, 210 Woodrow Street at approximately 3 p.m. Mr. Stevens was born November 5, 1907 in Fowler, Calif. He had been a resident of the West Side for 21 years. He earned his Master of Arts degree at College of Pacific in Stockton in 1932. He taught in both Paso Robles and Daly City before coming to Taft. At the time of his death, Mr. Stevens was president of the Central California Division of Junior College Music Educators Association, president of the Taft Community Concert since its inception on the West Side and a member of the Taft Kiwanis Club for 19 years. He was a member of the Taft Methodist Church and invited to the Circle K Club on the College Campus. He was also an instructor in the Fresno State College Extension Division and a member of the California Teachers’ Association. Mr. Stevens had been director of the Messiah given annually with both chorus and orchestra for the past 17 years. He attended the Music Camp conducted each summer by COP where he taught. He is survived by his widow Marian of Taft; one son, Thomas Murnien Stevens and on daughter, Murneen Ann Stevens of Taft; three sisters, Mrs. Henry Sauermileh, Mrs. Robert Stober and Miss Florence Stevens of Fresno. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Methodist Church with Reverend Hillis C. Culver officiating. Interment will be in the West Side District Cemetery.