Thomas D. Stafford

October 7th, 1932August 18th, 2019

Thomas D. Stafford, born in Oklahoma City in October of 1932, the son of Joseph and Lela Sturgis Stafford, died August 18, 2019 at his home in Louisville, Colorado.

Tom was ordained a Catholic priest in 1959. A few years later, he volunteered to serve as a missionary from the Diocese of Oklahoma City. The mission was located in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala, and he was one of three priests assigned to the Mission in the early 1960s. He established an agricultural co-op, a Montessori School for pre-school children and was the technician for the radio school. He returned to Oklahoma in 1969. He left the active priesthood in 1971 and settled in Florida.

Throughout his life, he was always trying something new and different. He operated a ham radio and did deep sea diving off the coast of Florida. He learned to fly a plane and received his pilot’s license, although he only flew a plane a few times. In the 1970s he built a home computer from a kit, meeting with men who also built home computers. Eventually he was employed at IBM working as a technical writer. He officially retired in 1995 from IBM while in Colorado, although he continued to work there as an independent contractor for a few more years.

He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Lela Stafford; two older brothers, Joseph Stafford II, and James Stafford.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; three sisters, Marilyn Zumwalt, Carolyn Kieffer, and Margaret Murray; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made in Thomas's name to the Harvest of Hope Pantry, 2960 Valmont Rd., Boulder, CO 80301. You may contact the pantry for more information at 720-382-1971.



A visitation will be held at Darrell Howe Mortuary, Thursday, August 22, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a vigil beginning at 7:00 p.m.

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic, 898 14th St., Boulder, CO 80302, on Friday, August 23, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

Burial will follow the service, at Louisville Cemetery.


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I am so sorry that Uncle Tom has passed away. I always had very fond memories of him and admired how selflessly he lived his life. I know he is now in heaven with his Lord, but the world is a lesser place without him. Jim Stafford