January 21, 1936
September 15, 2021
Thomas David Acton, 85, of Woodland Park, CO, passed away in the early morning hours of September 15th. He was born January 21, 1936, to the late Leslie and Ona Mae (McMullin) Acton in Detroit, MI. After graduating from Avon High School (IN), he enlisted in the Air Force, attended college in the evenings, graduated from the University of Nebraska, and became an officer in the early 1970s. After retiring from the Air Force in the 1980s, he earned a master's degree in business and went on to work for a decade for the DoD Finance and Accounting Office, finally retiring in the 1990s to manage cabins in the mountains west of Colorado Springs, CO, and wintering in Mesa, AZ. In the late 1950s, while stationed at Fairchild AFB (WA), he met and married Bonnie Lee (Parr) Acton, and the couple spent a lifetime traveling, raising a family, and serving their local church(es). He loved tennis, pickleball, softball, and pinochle, always won at Monopoly, and generously shared entertaining tales from career and life adventures. He is survived by his wife of 64 years Bonnie (Parr) Acton; their two children Doug (Margaret) Acton and Brinah (John) Vincent; three grandchildren Jeneara (Tyler) Haren, Elizabeth (John) Elfelt, and Allison (Alec) Vincent Jones; two great-grandchildren Elsie and James Elfelt; as well as his brother Virgil Lloyd (Marsha) Acton and many nieces, nephews, extended family, and lifelong friends. Funeral services with military honors will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 25th, at Mountain View United Methodist Church in Woodland Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the church or charity of your choice
Published by The Gazette from Sep. 17 to Sep. 22, 2021.