Longtime Bent County resident, Thomas (Tom) Pointon, passed away on December 18, 2020, at the age of 90. Tom was born in Bent County as the youngest child of five, to James (Jim) Pointon and Amy Ham Pointon.
He graduated at the age of 16 from Bent County High School in 1947. After attending Colorado State University for one year, he was called home to help on the family ranch as his older brother had become ill. In November 1950 he joined the United States Navy and served until August of 1954 as a machinist’s mate second class. He married Laura Smith on March 28, 1954 in California and returned to farming and ranching in Bent County Colorado where they raised five children for 23 years at which time, they parted ways.
Tom then married Virginia Fimple on September 9, 1977. He continued to work Pointon Inc and W7 ranches. He worked the ranches until he retired in 2002. Tom and Virginia liked to travel during their retirement, enjoying frequent trips to Branson, Missouri. They traveled for 5 years until Virginia’s passing. Tom then took up prairie dog eradication and ammunition reloading full time. As one of his friends stated, “if there are prairie dogs in heaven, they better watch out”.
Tom was highly active in his community and loved helping others. He served as a member of the Las Animas/Bent County Chamber of Commerce, Bent County Hospital Board, 5 County Family Guidance Board, Fort Lyon Canal (Director), Colorado Rural Council Board, Elks Lodge, Bent-Prowers Cattle and Horse Growers Association, John Rawlings Heritage Center (President), Colorado Water Conservancy Board and the Colorado Kansas Compact Board. Elected as Bent Count Commissioner, he served from 1977 thru 1989 where he also served on the Colorado Counties, Inc. (President), CCI Health Cooperative Board of Directors (Vice President), CCI Representative to the NACo environmental Land Use and Family Guidance Board for Bent, Otero, Powers, Baca and Crowley Counties. Tom was recipient of the following honors: 1986 Colorado Commissioner of the year, 1988 Bent County Citizen of the Year, 1992 Horned Hereford Commercial Breeder of the Year and 2008 Bent County-Las Animas Farm Family of the Year. As commissioner, Tom was instrumental in getting the permanent pool for John Martin Reservoir.
Tom was preceded in death by his: parents, James and Amy Pointon, brother Jeff Pointon, sisters Dolly Howell and Eleanor Schulz, wife Virginia Pointon. He is survived by his sister Marguerite Pointon Garfield; his five children, Linda (Henry) Steele of Murchison, Texas; Thomas (Chris) Pointon of Riverton, WY; Joe (Margaret) Pointon of Clute, TX; Dan (Jamie) Pointon of Aurora, CO; Nita (Richard) Hunt of Las Animas, CO; 13 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and numerous nieces, great-nieces, nephews, and great nephews.
Tom Pointon was often heard saying “I haven’t gone very far because I live just across the road from the house I was born and raised”. He still hasn’t gone far, as he will always be part of Bent County.
The family asked that in lieu of flowers send memorial to Arkansas Valley Hospice in care of Horber Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 431, Las Animas, Colorado.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 29, 2021 at 10 A.M at the Bent County-Las Animas Cemetery just south of Las Animas to celebrate his life. Family and friends are invited.
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