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In Memory

Thomas T. Farley, member of the CSUS Board of Governors, died Aug. 23, 2010

August 24, 2010

Fortified by the Sacraments, and in the company of family, Thomas Tancred Farley entered into immortality on Aug. 23, 2010, after a long and valiant fight with cancer.

Colorado native

Born Nov. 10, 1934, in Pueblo, to John B. Farley M.D. and Mary T. Farley who preceded him in death. His brother, John B. Farley, Jr. died before Tom was born. He was also preceded in death by his aunt, Marcella Farley Dillon. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen M. Farley; children, Fr. John B. Farley, Grand Junction, Michael M. Farley (Stella), Littleton, Kelly K. Farley and Anne-Michele Farley (Jack Wooley), both of Pueblo. He also leaves behind three grandchildren, Maria Magdalene, Isabella Kathleen and Thomas Maxson. He is also survived by his cousin, Ann Seibert (Bill) of Ontario, Calif. and nephews, Patrick and Michael Horan, Santa Fe, N. M.

Tom graduated from Pueblo Catholic High in 1952 and Santa Clara University in California in 1956, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. In 1959, he graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a LL.B (Law Degree).

Dedicated to public service

Throughout his life, Tom dedicated his energies to public service and the underdog. Tom loved his home town, Pueblo, and accomplished a great deal for the community. He was a senior partner in the premier law firm of Petersen & Fonda and specialized in education, health care, and public utilities law.

Tom was the longtime attorney for Parkview Medical Center, Pueblo City Schools, and Southeast Colorado Power Association. Tom championed the rural electric company based in La Junta in “colorful” cases against Public Service Company and Montrose-based Colorado Ute.

A former State Representative from Pueblo, Tom served as one of the youngest Minority Leaders in the nation. During his long political career, he was a candidate in the Gubernatorial Democratic Primary. Tom had a lifelong love of radio and owned KBRR in Leadville and KGHF (later KKAM) in Pueblo.

Great friend and supporter of CSU System

Tom Farley was a great friend and supporter of the Colorado State University System. In past years, he served as the Chairman of the CSU State Board of Agriculture. For the past two years, Tom also served on the CSU Board of Governors which includes schools in Fort Collins and Pueblo.

At the time of his death, he served as Community Advisor to Wells Fargo Bank of Pueblo and on the Catholic Diocese of Pueblo Finance Committee. He served on the Health Net (Qual Med) Board of Directors and as a regent for Santa Clara University in California. Tom also was President of the Farley Foundation and was active in the Colorado Forum, Rotary Club No. 43, Monday Evening Club, BPO Elks No. 90, Knights of Columbus, and Pueblo County and Colorado Bar Associations. He previously served on the boards for Public Service Company of Colorado, Colorado Wildlife Commission, Colorado Public Radio, Pueblo Catholic Charities, Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, and Pueblo Economic Development Corporation.

Tom was also a charter trustee of Great Outdoors Colorado and helped secure a $1 million legacy grant for the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk Project. As a member of the Colorado State Fair Commission, he fought hard to keep the Fair in Pueblo and first introduced “Farley’s Fireworks" to the annual event. He was instrumental in expanding the status of the Junior Livestock Sale and by inviting prominent Denver businesses to form a buyer’s group and increase prices for the prize-winning animals.

Many honors

Throughout his lifetime, Tom received many honors including the Pueblo Community College’s Pueblo Hall of Fame, Distinguished Service Awards from the University of Colorado and University of Southern Colorado (now CSU-Pueblo), Sierra Club’s “Foremost Among Fifty” (1978), Southern Colorado Press Club’s Mel Harmon Community Award, and Parkview Medical Center Foundation’s Starlight Gala Honoree.

Tom Farley was also listed in Marquis’ Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Business and Finance, and Who’s Who in the World. He loved his travels around the world including favorite trips to Portugal, Prague, India and Turkey.

Tom Farley was most proud of his children and grandchildren and their accomplishments: Fr. John Farley, Pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary in Grand Junction; Michael M. Farley, Director of Budgets at Colorado State University-Pueblo; Mike’s wife, Stella, a dental hygienist; Kelly K. Farley, Security Guard; Anne M. Farley, certified Occupational Therapist Assistant and Licensed Massage Therapist; and Anne’s companion, Jack, an office manager at DGI Supply Co. His oldest granddaughter, Maria, will be attending Santa Clara University in California in the fall. Grandchildren, Isabella and Thomas attend Heritage High School in Littleton, Colo.

Active in church, community

Tom established scholarships at Pueblo Community College in honor of his daughters and daughter-in-law. When asked about his greatest lifetime achievements, Tom would often talk about being appointed by former Bishop Charles A. Buswell to the Christian Unity Commission which organized the first ecumenical Mass with the Colorado Episcopal Diocese Bishop Minnick. In post-Vatican II times, Tom took great pleasure in hosting many activist church leaders in his home such as the Fr. Charles Davis, Fr. Daniel Barrigan, Fr. Phillip Barrigan, and prominent nuns during those turbulent times. He also traveled to El Salvador where he visited with activists from Santa Clara after the deaths of Archbishop Romero, several Jesuits and a group of Catholic Nuns. He helped establish the Nancy Crafton Farm Worker/Migrant Worker Endowment Fund at the Southern Colorado Community Foundation.

During the last decade of his life, he worked closely with Chief Judge Dennis Maes and Magistrate Rebecca Moss to create a successful Truancy Court program to help keep youth in school. As Chair of the Colorado Wildlife Commission, 1975-1979, he spearheaded a drive to reintroduce moose to Colorado. Today, there are an estimated 1, 000 moose in the state. As a proponent for the Frying Pan-Arkansas water project, Tom recognized the value and importance of water to this region. He loved artistic water fountains and felt they were important focal points for public buildings and gathering places. He gave of his own money and encouraged others to support the building of fountains.

Renowned storyteller with wicked sense of humor

Tom and the late Bret Kelly donated the campus fountain to Colorado State University-Pueblo in 1987. The late Dr. Gerry Reilly and Rosemary Reilly helped Tom build the Reilly-Farley fountain at HARP and Santa Clara University and also donated money for water fountains located at the Colorado State Fairgrounds, Confluence Park (Victoria and Grand Avenues) in Pueblo, Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center (in honor of Kathy Farley), and entry way of Parkview Medical Center.

Tom was renowned for his storytelling and wicked sense of humor. He loved good food and wine and enjoyed hosting parties to celebrate Columbus Day, Bastille Day, Cinco de Mayo, and many other political gatherings. Christmas was Tom’s favorite holiday, and he looked forward to having the annual “Goose Dinner” at his home where invited guests listened to a recording of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” portrayed by Ronald Coleman. He hosted parties at the Farley Ranch for friends and charity benefits. He was a voracious reader, devout Catholic, Jesuit educated, and will be missed by his family and many friends.

Services in Pueblo Aug. 26 and 27

Thanks to the great care from the staff at Parkview and special care given at home by Mary, Dean, and Jason, all of whom made his final months more comfortable. There will be no viewing. Vigil service, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010, and funeral Mass, 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 27, 2010, with Bishop Fernando Isern, Msgr. Thomas Adrians and the Rev. Fr. John B. Farley as concelebrants and the eulogies by Ray Kogovsek and Gene Petrone. Both services will be held at Christ the King Church, 1708 Horseshoe Dr. Following the Mass, the family will host a reception at the church hall. Private interment at Roselawn Cemetery. The family requests the omission of flowers and food.

Memorials may be made to Colorado State University-Pueblo Foundation scholarships and/or to Pueblo Community College Foundation (scholarships founded by Tom Farley) either direct of through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003.

Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com.