Tom Cordova

Tom Cordova

Sept. 29, 1932

Oct. 24, 2012

Tom Cordova, 80, of Reno, Nevada, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, at his home. He was surrounded by his loving family during his final days and hours.

Tom was born in Twin Falls, Idaho, and grew up in Contact, Nevada, and Battle Mountain, Nevada. He graduated from Battle Mountain High School in 1950, and was an Aviation Technician in the Navy from 1951 to 1955 during the Korean Conflict. His interest in aviation led to a life-long passion for being a private pilot and owning various Cessna airplanes.

Tom was a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, where he completed a B.S. and M.S. in Geological Engineering at UNR's Mackey School of Mines. In 1970, Tom founded Earth Science Consultants Associated (ESCA), a geotechnical engineering firm that he owned and operated until his passing. A love for geology also led to Tom's passion for collecting rare minerals.

Besides his life partner Patricia Adams, he is survived by his children, Jeff Cordova, Angela Cordova, and Jon Cordova, along with nine grandchildren.

The family would like to express its sincere gratitude to Laurie Decker for providing quality care to Tom during his last days. Her effort, dedication, and love are deeply appreciated.

Burial will be at Mountain View Cemetery at the convenience of the family. A memorial service will be held honoring Tom on Friday, November 2nd, at 2:00 PM, at Walton's Sierra Chapel, located at 875 West Second Street, in Reno, Nevada.

Condolence messages can be expressed in the Book of Memories at the website


Funeral Home

Walton's Funerals & Cremations - Sierra Chapel
875 West 2nd Street Reno, NV 89503

Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from Oct. 28 to Oct. 31, 2012