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In Memory

Marion Thomas Maness, longtime construction management administrator, died Feb. 4

February 14, 2009

Marion Thomas Maness of Fort Collins, Colo., went home to be with his Lord on Feb. 4, 2009, after a valiant seven-year battle with cancer. Everyone who knew him will always remember his courage and positive attitude during this time.

Tom was born to Cecil and Edith Andrews Maness on May 10, 1937, in Madisonville, Texas. He graduated from Madisonville High School in 1955 and served for four years in the United States Navy, receiving an honorable discharge in 1960. Tom married his childhood sweetheart, Jackie Todd, in 1957.

Construction Management administrator for 30 years

Tom was best known locally for his 30-year tenure in the Department of Construction Management and Manufacturing Technology at Colorado State University, where he coordinated two departmental programs and served as assistant department head and acting department head. He also coauthored numerous books and publications, wrote computer programs for industry, and funded external research projects for the department.

He received many outstanding service awards, and in 1991 received the Outstanding Professor Award from the National Association of Industrial Technology, or NAIT. He also spearheaded the establishment of the National Center for Vehicle Emissions Safety, and developed an automotive technician certification program for Union Oil Company.

The main loves of Tom's life were God and his family. He served many years as a deacon at Immanuel Community Church, and enjoyed working in the senior department. His daily life reflected his morals, steadiness, and dependability, and he was greatly loved and respected by all who knew him.

Enjoyed traveling, landscaping, woodworking

Tom and Jackie were a team for 51 years, and their love for each other was a wonderful example for their children. They enjoyed traveling, and took cruises to the Caribbean, Alaska, and Hawaii. They especially looked forward to viewing the fall colors in New England. They loved landscaping and working in their yard, and Tom spent many hours in his workshop building furniture and completing woodworking projects, including custom wood pen and pencil sets turned on his lathe. He also enjoyed oil painting, photography, metal working, and countless other artistic hobbies.

He is survived by his wife, Jackie, of Fort Collins; daughter, Jeri Polley (Wayne) of Troy, Texas; sons, Derek of Fort Collins, and Kenric of Highlands Ranch; four grandchildren, Nick and Greg Polley of Troy, Texas, Alana and Brock Maness of Highlands Ranch; three brothers, Cecil Maness (LaNell) of Angleton, Texas, Alwin Maness (Elizabeth) of Wimberly, Texas, Melvin Maness (Linda) of Jewett, Texas, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Gene Maness.

Private service held in Texas

A private graveside service was held at the Evans Chapel Cemetery in Leona, Texas, followed by a memorial service at Madisonville Funeral Home in Madisonville, Texas. In lieu of flowers, Tom requested that memorial contributions be made to Immanuel Community Church, 1725 W. Mulberry St., Fort Collins, CO, 80521.

Originally published in the Coloradoan, Friday, Feb. 13, 2009.