Thomas Joseph Muhic
August 7, 1934 – August 3, 2018
Thomas (Tom) Joseph Muhic, 83, passed away at home August 3, 2018. Tom was born on August 7, 1934 in Pueblo to Louis and Mary (Jerant) Muhic. While attending Western State College, he met and married his wife of 59 years, Joyce Thompson. Upon graduation, Tom embarked on a long career as a coach and educator, initially coaching multiple sports at Western State. In 1967, Tom moved his family to Pueblo and began his tenure at the University of Southern Colorado (now CSU-Pueblo) where he had a successful career as a Baseball Coach, Professor, Athletic Director and Dean of Education. In 1971, Thomas obtained his Ph.D. in Health, Physical Education and Recreation Administration from the University of Utah.
Tom was an accomplished high school and college athlete and a successful college coach. His 1966/67 and 67/68 swim team at Western State won a national Championship and he was named NAIA Coach of the year several times. He was inducted into the Greater Pueblo Sports Hall of Fame, CSU-Pueblo Sports Hall of Fame, and the Mountaineers Sports Hall of Fame. As a coach, he positively influenced many young men.
Throughout his life he enjoyed many memorable camping and fishing trips with his family, hunting, and later golf. Upon his retirement in 1985, he devoted his energy to his farming and ranching interests.
Tom was a well-respected man of integrity, grit and intelligence. He will be remembered as a devoted husband, father and grandfather who had great love for his family.
He is survived by wife, Joyce; daughters, Teresa (Brad Funston) Muhic, Tawnya (Jim) Chott and Katheleen (Eric) Thurston; along with eight grandchildren, Kalyn Beasley, Sarah Manuel (Blas Yslas), Austin (Courtney) Chott, Marshall Thurston, Taylor Chott, Julia Thurston, Emily Thurston and Joseph Chott; sister, Lorrie (Stan) Mena; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by beloved daughter, Tamara Muhic; his parents, Louis Muhic and Mary Muhic-Beurman: and sister, Mary Lou Voytko.
Funeral Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m., Thursday, August 9, 2018 at Our Lady of the Meadows, 23 Starling Drive, Pueblo. Viewing will be from 9-10 a.m. prior to the Mass. Interment at Roselawn Cemetery. The family wishes to thank the staff at Sangre de Cristo Hospice for their loving care of Tom. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice. Online condolences at www.tgmccarthy.com.
Thomas is survived by wife, Joyce;
daughters, Teresa (Brad Funston) Muhic, Tawnya (Jim) Chott and Katheleen (Eric) Thurston;
eight grandchildren, Kalyn Beasley, Sarah Manuel (Blas Yslas), Austin (Courtney) Chott, Marshall Thurston, Taylor Chott, Julia Thurston, Emily Thurston and Joseph Chott;
sister, Lorrie (Stan) Mena;
and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by beloved daughter, Tamara Muhic;
his parents, Louis Muhic and Mary Muhic-Beurman;
and sister, Mary Lou Voytko.
- Kalyn Beasley
- Austin Chott
- Marchall Thurston
- Joseph (Joey) Chott
- Brad Funston
- Jim Chott
- Eric Thurston
- Blas Yslas
- Visitation Thursday, August 9, 2018
- Mass of the Ressurection Thursday, August 9, 2018
Thomas Joseph Muhic
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August 14, 2018
Kathie and I were deeply saddened to learn of Tom's passing. I had the honor of working at Franklin Elementary School for 29 years with Joyce and fondly remember meeting Tom at the faculty gatherings. I know that his presence will be sorely missed while his memory will give comfort to all who met him. Our love to Joyce and the family. -Jim & Kathie Marcum
August 10, 2018
I joined the faculty at USC in 1978, and had the opportunity to work with Tom on a variety of committees. As we shared the University of Utah as a common institution, we shared various observations about it. Tom and I recalled that the campus at the U of U had a city golf course on it. As I subsequently was elected as the Faculty Rep to the governing board, the SBA. I shared Tom and my vision with the President. Robert Shirley. As Tom had done research in the project, it became a reality now known as the Walking Stick golf course. Tom was a visionary and a very amiable man. I am proud to have known him, and I am sure that his family will miss him very much.
August 8, 2018
Joyce, Sarah, and family,
I am so very sorry to learn of Tom's passing. He must have been one very magnificent individual. Please know that Dennis and I will be keeping you in thoughts and prayers.
Margaret and Dennis Burrell
August 7, 2018
Condolences to Coach Muhic's family and friends. Just as we were getting ready for our Western State Hall Of Fame induction, our swim received the news of Coaches passing. I was a member of two swim teams and I have very strong and lasting memories! As freshmen we fought and struggled with Coach and finally realized the benefits of hard work, dedication and integrity! We all benefited for the rest of our lives establishing careers, family and lifestyles. We became very thankful for the time spent in Gunnison and the lessons we learned on the swim team!! Rest in Peace Coach Muhic!!!