LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Thomas Barry Reeves, 67, died Oct. 30, 2012, after a brief illness at Saint Anthony Hospital in Lakewood.
He was born on June 21, 1945 in Dallas, Texas to Hazel Arlene Moon and Noble Reeves.
Tom attended Texas Military Institute, University of Oklahoma, University of Texas at Austin, University of the Americas in Puebla, Mexico and the University of Washington Medex Northwest Physician Assistant program.
He served his country as a Navy medical corpsman in Vietnam and was honorably discharged from service in July, 1972. He completed his medical education as a Physician Assistant in 1974. Thereafter, he worked in Montana, Washington and the San Luis Valley of Colorado, where he lived for 33 years with his wife and many pets.
Tom had a love of the outdoors and shared his interest in hunting, fishing and shooting sports with his friends and family, especially his nephews, Scot and John. Tom was a prolific reader and an engaging conversationalist known for his sharp sense of humor.
He received many awards during his life, and was very proud to become an Eagle Scout at age 11 alongside his brother, Brian. In 1991, the National Migrant Clinician’s Network honored Tom with the Unsung Hero Award for his dedication to meeting the needs of migrant farmworkers in Colorado. Tom was presented the Humanitarian Service Award in 1998 from the Medex Northwest program. His patients were fiercely loyal to him.
His passing was attended by his wife, Cathy McCurdy, brother Brian Reeves, sisters in-law, Beth and Nancy McCurdy, and his loving pets, Millie and Patsy.
A celebration of his life will be held in the spring in the mountains near his home of Monte Vista Colo. Contributions to a fund established in his memory can be sent to: Migrant and Farmworker Services Fund, Valley Wide Health Systems Inc., 128 Market Street, Alamosa, Colorado. 81101