Tom Acevedo

Acevedo, Tom
Tom Acevedo died on December 22, 2010, age only 45. In addition to being a wonderful partner, outstanding third grade teacher, devout Sun Devil, and best friend, Tom was a human sparkler whose sizzle and pop illuminated every life in his path. He was born in Redlands, CA on November 8, 1965, and grew up in Kearny, AZ. He enrolled in ASU on a full-ride scholarship, which he subsequently lost to the freedom and fun of college life in Tempe. As an alternative, he channeled his energy towards choreography with color guards and marching bands. During this detour from his college education, many students benefited from his dynamic vision and amazing creativity, especially those at Deer Valley High School. Eventually his path led him back to ASU and the attainment of a degree in elementary education which he put to use for a couple years in the Alhambra School District. He took another detour, moving to San Francisco and then to Chicago where he met his partner of the past six years, Bob. Five years ago, Tom returned to Phoenix and to teaching in Alhambra. Mr. Acevedo was the teacher who collected leftover programs at ASU football games to teach informational text. He was the teacher who grew his hair only to shave it into a mohawk for crazy hair day; the teacher who wore Dracula fangs in his school picture. Tom joins his mother, Melba, in heaven, but leaves behind his partner Bob Blankenberg, a brother Kenny Acevedo (Sara), a nephew Kenneth, niece Madison, close cousins Robert Goana and Elvia Alday, and best friends Ken, Liza, Scott, Lonnie, Tracey, and Carole, and many family members, friends, and students both past and present. A service in honor of Tom will be held on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm at Messinger Indian School Mortuary, 7601 E. Indian School Road. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Tom's name to Donate Life AZ online at

Funeral Home

Messinger Mortuaries
7601 E. Indian School Road Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Published in The Arizona Republic on Jan. 4, 2011