Thomas Daniel Lawson
May 2, 1955 – September 5, 2019
Thomas “Tom” Daniel Lawson, 64, of Boulder, Colorado passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 5, 2019.
A celebration of life service will be held at Crist Mortuary on Monday, September 16 at 10:00 AM with a burial to follow at Mountain View Memorial Park, both located at 3395 Penrose Place, Boulder, CO 80301. Serving as pallbearers will be John, Don, Jim, and Erik Lawson, Mike and Jerry McCall, Bruce Kennedy, and Steve McCarthy. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Sheila Lawson’s Kidney Fund at PO Box 18383, Boulder, CO 80308.
Tom was born on May 2, 1955 in Denver, CO to Allen “Big Al” and Billette “Billie” Lawson. He grew up in Golden, CO with his three brothers and graduated high school at Wheat Ridge High School in 1973, then attended University of Northern Colorado on a football scholarship. He eventually transferred to the University of Colorado at Boulder, graduating in 1979. During his time at CU, he met the love of his life, Sheila, and they were married in 1985.
Throughout his life, Tom worked in the oil and gas industry as a Landman, eventually owning a successful business with his wife for over 15 years in Glenwood Springs, CO, where they also raised their two daughters. He had a profound respect and love of life, oftentimes playing his guitar, river rafting, and spending cherished time with friends and family. Such a courageous yet gentle soul, Tom was a true leader in life, forever challenging himself and others to reach as high as you possibly can for the stars. In 2014, Tom suffered a devastating accident that left him quadriplegic, however, his unwavering positivity, gratitude, and “zest for life” as many would say, were nothing short of miraculous throughout his remarkable journey.
Tom is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Sheila Kay Lawson, daughters, Leanna Christine Lawson and Kelly Rae Lawson, granddaughter, Ella Rae Lawson, brothers John Allen Lawson and his wife Margaret “Meg,” Donald “Don” Charles Lawson and his wife Karen, James “Jim” Lee Lawson, along with several nieces, nephews, and extended family. He was preceded in death by his mother and father.
- Don Lawson, Pallbearer
- Jim Lawson, Pallbearer
- Erik Lawson, Pallbearer
- John Lawson, Pallbearer
- Mike McCall, Pallbearer
- Jerry McCall, Pallbearer
- Bruce Kennedy, Pallbearer
- Steve McCarthy, Pallbearer
- Funeral Service Monday, September 16, 2019
- Graveside Service Monday, September 16, 2019
Thomas Daniel Lawson
September 17, 2019
I remember meeting Tom at the Bluffs apartments where we both lived while we were at CU. He was one of the many Wheatridge HS people I'd met and we became friends very fast because of our mutual friends and interests in Sports. Tom seemed to have it all working for him. Good looking guy probably 6'3 at the time, great athlete and fun to party with for sure. I've not talked to Tom in over 25 years but I remember clearly when he started dating Sheila. He was completely head over heels for her. Its so clear to me to this day because his closest friends would talk about it alot. To be a guy like Tom at those times at CU and to settle down with one girl was not common. They made a great couple. I was at the services and I so appreciated seeing Tom's family. Sheila looks just like she did 30 years ago. I appreciated so much the services showing Tom's family strong Christian faith which helps with the Sadness so much. I couldn't stay for the reception and I just wanted to tell Sheila that She has an amazing family and I have so much respect for her and her faith. That picture of Tom playing his guitar is EXACTLY as I remember him. Enjoy your new Body Tom!
September 17, 2019
Tom and I were next door neighbors for many years starting in the 2nd grade. We shared not only the name but the exact same birthdate.
I remember us building motorized go-carts and even motorized a small plastic boat for going down the canal. There were the backyard football and basketball games and the trips up Table Top Mtn.
Tom was creative, an athlete (built his own pole vault pit in the backyard), an artist, a risk taker, and a great friend.
We had some great times all the way through high school.
My deepest condolences to the family. He will be missed.
September 16, 2019
Dear Lawson Family,
Our sincere condolences go out to you.
Rusty Whitcomb introduced me to Tom and I got to ride on his raft through Cataract Canyon. Although he went out of the raft and I had to rescue him, I learned so much. He helped to teach me when I got my raft and he inspired me to learn guitar. I bet he's yodeling in heaven right now. Love.
George and Kathy and family
September 12, 2019
Im so sorry to hear about Tom...I think I knew him from sometime around the 2nd grade. He was a great artist and we use to draw murals together about the revolutionary war. I was a great inspiration to me in my early years as an artist. Later, of course we worked together at New York Life and I very much enjoyed his company..He is in my thoughts and Im sure he as gone on to great new adventures..