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Thomas Edgar Alston

August 14, 1934 ~ May 25, 2019 (age 84)
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           Thomas E. Alston died May 25, 2019.  He was born August 14, 1934 in Colorado Springs, to Thomas R. and Edna (Skinner) Alston.

           He married his high school sweetheart, Janice R. (Goins) Alston on Dec. 27, 1952.  They were married for 56 years until her death Dec. 2008.

          He joined the Navy in 1952 and was an Aviation Electronics Technician First Class.  The couple lived in numerous places all over the United States. 

Tom retired from the Navy in 1974 after 22 years of service.  After his military service the family moved back to Colorado where they owned and operated The Rocky Mt. Grocery Store in Florence, CO.  The business closed in 1978. He then went to work for the Colorado Department of Corrections from where he later retired. Tom also “moonlighted” as a TV repairman and owned Tom’s Twidget TV repair shop in Florence, CO.

           Tom enjoyed working in the yard and tinkering in his greenhouse where he grew many special flowers. He enjoyed his K-9 companions and loved a fine or cheap cigar. Dad was always up for a story session or two about his days spent flying all over the world while in the Navy.

          He is survived by his daughter, Sandra Lesher; son, Zachary “Scott” (Sheilla) Alston; grandchildren, Stephanie (Javier) Reyes, Matthew Prater, Chad(Amber Derryberry) Lesher, Morgan (Ashley Gleb) Lesher, Shalina (Brandon) Barlow, Zachary K. Alston; great-grandchildren, Michael and Brandon Hooks, Christopher “Topher” Larson-Prater, Chelsea and Mackenzie Barlow; sisters, Thelma Kimberlin, Grace Tamlin, and Rita Willey.

           He was preceded in death by his wife, Jan; parents; son, Marc K. Alston, daughter, Cynthia R. Prater, grandson, Christopher J. Prater, two sisters and a brother. 

Viewing will be 9:30AM-10:30AM on Friday, May 31, 2019, Holt Chapel of the Garden, 806 Macon Avenue, Canon City, CO followed by a graveside service at Lakeside Cemetery at 11:00AM.

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