LAKEWOOD — Thomas Barry Reeves, 67, died on October 30th at Saint Anthony hospital in Lakewood, Colorado after a brief illness. Tom was born in Dallas, Texas on June 21st, 1945 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.
Tom 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.
Tom received many awards during his life. He was very proud to receive his 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.
Tom’s passing was attended by his wife, Cathy McCurdy, brother Brian Reeves, and sisters in-law Beth and Nancy McCurdy.
A celebration of his life will be held in the spring in the mountains near his home of Monte Vista Colorado. 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.