Anthony M. Lovato

July 28, 1937March 22, 2013

Anthony M. Lovato, of Colorado Springs, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 22, 2013, at the age of 75 due to complications from pulmonary fibrosis. He was born on July 28, 1937 in Ortiz, Colorado to the late Rebecca and Salvador Lovato.

Tony was raised in Monte Vista, Colorado. He entered the Navy in 1955 and underwent training to become a dental laboratory technician. He was then stationed in Bethesda, Maryland where he met his wife Joan Thatcher. They were married in 1959, in Washington D.C. They moved back to Colorado in 1962 where they raised their four children.

Tony owned and operated Lovato Dental Laboratory for 43 years and was a well-known and highly respected lab technician in the dental community.

Tony enjoyed playing golf and reading, but his greatest pleasure was spending time with his family.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother George C Lovato.

He is survived by his beloved wife Joan of 53 years, brother Leroy (Marilyn) Lovato, sister Mary Ann (Jerry) Salazar, and brother-in-law Harry (Sally) Thatcher. He is also survived by his four children Dr. Michael (Lynn) Lovato, Rebecca (Scott) Shoemaker, Teresa (Rick) McKay, and Dr. Matthew (Jodi) Lovato. He is survived by his most precious gifts, his 13 grandchildren: Allison, Melissa and Maximillian Lovato, Christina (Rashaud) Kraft, Jacqueline Allery, Thomas and Toni Shoemaker, Breanna (Keith) Madsen, Tyler and Brandon McKay, Benjamin, Sarah, and Abigail Lovato. He is survived by two great grandsons, Jaxon Madsen and Andre Kraft.

The Rosary is to be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28th, with a visitation following until 8:00 p.m. at Swan Law Funeral Home, 501 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903. The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, March 29th, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 2318 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80907, (reception following at the parish hall). The burial will follow the reception at Evergreen Cemetery, 1005 Hancock Expressway, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 304, Chicago, IL 60611-3201,


  • Rosary Thursday, March 28, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, March 28, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Friday, March 29, 2013

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Patsy Hicks

April 9, 2013

Joan and all the family. Was so sad to hear of Tony's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Tony was amazingly gifted in his trade as a lab tech. Dr M always said no one could match Tony's skills. I enjoyed working with Tony and everyone in the lab all those years. Steve and I will be happy to make a donation in his name.

Love, Tess

April 1, 2013

You are the Best Dad ever! I miss you!

March 30, 2013

To the family, my best. Roger Rawlings

Jenee Garduno

March 30, 2013

To The Lovato Family I would like to send my deepest condolences during this Diffcult time, May God wrap his arms around every single one of you and give you all the strength that you guys may need during this time...And just know that we may not see Tony in front of us or at family gatherings but you must know that he is with every single one of you guys in your hearts. YOu guys will always be in my thoughts and prayers. Love always Jenee Garduno AKA ( Shirley Garduno's Daughter)

March 30, 2013

Tony What a family!! I have your family photo( parents and siblings). Your brothers George and Leroy have been inspirations to me... Armenio Lujan

Rob Hellem

March 29, 2013

Tony was a true gentleman and I always loved playing golf with Tony, Jerry and Mike. Tony always made me feel like part of the group. He will be deeply missed and my thoughts and prayers go out to Joan and family. -Rob Hellem

March 29, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

March 29, 2013

My deepest synpathy, to Joan,and family may God Bless you all.
Carolyn Thatcher

Jimbo Thatcher

March 29, 2013

Aunt Joan and family,
Sorry for your loss. I have many memories that will last forever.

Mary Kiefer(Tacheny)

March 29, 2013

Dear Joan, Teresa, and family,
So many fond memories of your family growing up. I am truly sorry for your loss and my prayers are with you.