On February 12, 2013, the world lost a great mentor, educator, teacher, coach, friend, husband, father, and grandfather. Tom Howerton was 79 years old. Tom was a firm believer in the value of education, graduating from Otero Junior College and the University of Colorado, eventually earning his Ed.D. from The University of Northern Colorado. He married Connie Kipper and settled in Colorado Springs, where Tom was a teacher and administrator with School District 11. He retired and then taught at UCCS. He leaves behind legions of students who loved, respected, and recognized him everywhere he went. Tom was also a public servant; receiving numerous distinguished service awards and serving on countless educational boards, including the National Association of School Boards of Education. Tom was elected and served on the Colorado State Board of Education for 16 years. He also ran for Colorado state senate, coming in, as he said, in second place. He was an active member of the Pikes Peak Kiwanis, and was a loyal member of the Berean Sunday School class at the First United Methodist Church. Tom is survived by his wife, Connie, three children; Steve, Karen Kennedy (Jim), and Kent (LaQuitta), and five grandchildren: Sarah Anderson, Nicole Baca, Lindsey Howerton, Cole Kennedy, and Quinn Kennedy. A celebration of Tom's life will be held at the First United Methodist Church on Tuesday, February 19th at 2:00 p.m. Contributions in Tom's memory may be made to The First United Methodist Church or to a
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Published in The Gazette from Feb. 17 to Feb. 18, 2013