MSGT. Thomas E Blunt, retired Air Force

MSGT. Thomas Edwin Blunt, a man of exceptional courage and boundless love, left this world on Jan. 8, 2024, at the age of 94 at his home in Alamosa. Tom was born Aug. 17, 1929, in Lawton Okla., to Cecil and Jewel Blunt. Tom grew into a man whose life story was marked by dedicated service. He married Maxine Watts on Nov. 27, 1955. They had two daughters, Susan and Lisa.

Tom was a graduate of Sargent High School. Upon graduating, he embraced a life of service by joining the United State Army, and after 2 years he discovered his true calling in the United States Air Force. With a distinguished career spanning 23 years, Tom achieved the rank of Master Sergeant, a testament to his dedication and skill. His work as a photo developer and on surveillance systems across various aircraft took him to distant lands, including Korea and Vietnam and France.

Tom was a former board member of the Board of Directors at the Homelake Veterans Center, where he also volunteered at the museum, ensuring that the stories of his fellow veterans were honored and preserved. His commitment to comradeship was further seen in his involvement with the American Legion Garcia Post No. 110 in Saguache. Tom enjoyed going to the mountains, bird watching, rock hounding, bottle hunting, attending his grandchildren’s games, his voice ringing out with his signature cheer, “Fire it up T-Birds!” and the beauty of the world around him.

Above all, Tom’s heart belonged to his family. He is survived by his daughter Lisa (Mark) Brown of Mosca, Colo. His legacy includes five grandchildren, Tim Biggs (Lele, Nana, Sabrina), Jay Biggs, (Lexi) Stacey (Rick) Eskew, Heather (Jason) Tillman, Clay (Holley) Brown. Great-grandchildren, who are the light of his life and endless joy, Rorie, Syrie, Hunter Tillman, Zaine and Saida Eskew, Riley, Eli and Lacey Brown. Sister in laws Dee Horton and Carol Refior, and many nieces and nephews. He loved all of his family dearly including sons-in-law Charlie Harris and Glenn Biggs.

Tom’s passing was preceded by that of his beloved wife Maxine, his daughter Susan, his brother Bill, sister Dixie and his parents.

Cremation was chosen and a burial service at Homelake Veterans Center will be held at a later date this spring. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory are suggested to Homelake Veterans Center Museum.