November 21, 1939 ~ October 29, 2002
Larry G. Thomas, Ph.D., 62, passed away unexpectedly October 29, 2002. Survived by his wife, Davie Sue Thomas of the family home in Pueblo West; children, Larry Gene Thomas of Willow, Oklahoma and Teri (Larry) Ingram of Newton, Kansas; parents, Archie and June Thomas of Willow, Oklahoma; grandchild, Hannah Jo Barlow of Castle Rock, Colorado; brother, Dwight (Judy) Thomas of Tulsa, Oklahoma; sisters-in-law, Diana (Bill) Spurlock of Elk City, Oklahoma and Mattie Gail (Gale) Thompson of Erick, Oklahoma; brother-in-law, Gardner (June) Arteberry of Leawood, Kansas; nephew, Creighten Thomas of Tulsa, Oklahoma; numerous aunts, uncles and other relatives. Larry was born November 21, 1939, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Thomas earned a bachelor's degree from Oklahoma State University and master's and doctoral degrees in agricultural education-animal science from Colorado State University. He taught three years in Holly, Colorado before coming to Pueblo where he was a professor for 35 years at what is now USC. In addition, as an athletic director, he initiated efforts to update athletic facilities and generate spirit and community support through formation of the USC Athletic Booster Club and USC Rally Squad. Thomas also served as coach of the student rodeo club, which consistently placed in the nation's top 10 programs and placed second in the nation 3 times. Member of First Presbyterian Church. He will lie in state in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel today and Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Friday, November 1, 2002, at the USC Occhiato Ballroom with the Reverend Dr. Brad Munroe officiating. Concluding services and interment will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 5, 2002, at the Willow First Methodist Church in Willow, Oklahoma. Those who desire may make memorials to the Larry G. Thomas Memorial Scholarship Fund at USC, benefitting pre-vet students, c/o the funeral home or the USC Foundation office.