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Tom was born on Jan. 3, 1934, in Bayfield, Colo., to W.T. and Esther Richards. Tom’s parents, brother and five sisters preceded him in death.
Tom was married for 49 years to his wife, Wyoma. Wyoma passed away in 2006. Tom served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict.
Tom served the great state of Colorado as a Colorado highway patrolman for 32 years. After retiring from the Colorado State Patrol, Tom served as the sheriff of Archuleta County for 16 years.
Tom is survived by his daughter, Mary; son, Bill; and his grandchildren, Lacee and Craig.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at the Ross Aragon Community Center, with interment immediately following at the Pine River Cemetery in Bayfield.