Thomas Parker Maloney, 76, of Jamestown, died Sunday, April 27, 2014 at his residence, following a long illness. A reception and celebration of his life for family and friends is scheduled for Sunday, May 17 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Greenbriar Inn, 8735 Highway 36, Boulder, CO. Thomas was born on March 30, 1938 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to James Patrick Maloney and Kathleen Parker Maloney. He attended Austin High School and was graduated from Texas Western College in El Paso, TX. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1960 to 1966. He was a member of the Western Museum of Mining and Industry in Colorado Springs. Thomas worked at National Cash Register for four years, then served the U.S. Civil Service for 25 years. After retirement he became an entrepreneur, a builder, and the principal owner of the Golden Age Mine near Jamestown, CO. Thomas arrived in Boulder in 1969 and began his search for Gold. He discovered the mountain village of Jamestown and has resided there ever since. He dabbled in mining, mining history, and the history of Jamestown. Travel was another of Tom's favorite things. He traveled around the world twice; however, for 60 years his favorite destination was Mexico. At age 18, he rode his motorcycle thru Mexico to Guatemala and back to Texas. While in Mexico he met Pancho Villa's wife, Luz Corral. He swam with turtles at the Galapagos Islands and saw the whales and loons in Baja California. While wintering in Mexico's San Miguel de Allende in January 1994 he met Colleen Ann Ostlund of Boulder and said of her, "…the love of my life…" One of Thomas' hobbies was building log cabins. He did so for many years in the mountains, and he built two houses in Jamestown. Both survived the recent catastrophic flooding. As the Jamestown historian, Thomas greeted all new arrivals in the Jamestown Mercantile or at his home. Everyone was offered a tour and a history lesson. Many Jamestown residents brought their guests to receive a bit of mining lore. Children would often receive a Buffalo nickel. Thomas wanted everyone to know the Native People were in Jamestown first. In recent years, the tour included a sarsaparilla in Tom's Elk Horn Palace. Passers-by would often see Colleen and Tom sitting on the porch enjoying the flowing waters of the nearby stream. Thomas' gentlemanly ways and his sense of humor will be missed by his family, his many friends, and the community of Jamestown. Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, James and Kathleen Maloney, and his sister, Patricia Maloney Rounds. He is survived by: his beloved partner Colleen Ann Ostlund; his son Toby Parker Maloney of Brooklyn, NY; his brother, James Parker Maloney of El Paso, TX; and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of contributions, please support: Rebuild Jamestown Fund, 1123 Spruce Street. Boulder, Colorado 80301. Please share thoughts, memories and condolences at legacy.com/obituaries/dailycamera.
Published in El Paso Times from May 10 to May 17, 2014