Thomas Oliver Morrow was born on July 8, 1986 to Dennis and Terry Morrow in Ft. Worth, Texas and passed away, much too soon, on June 11, 2020.
Tom was Office Manager at the family business, High Mountain Liquor as well as Squeeky Clean AutoWash next door. For recreation, Tom loved camping in his pop-up with friends and family, and he loved fishing and boating. When he was 3 years old, he built a trap of river rock to catch his first fish. Tom also loved playing golf with his buddies. An old soul, his favorite artist was Paul Simon. And of course, he was a crazed Denver Broncos fan who would sleep in his Broncos blanket. He loved his pet bearded dragon, Mr. Bojangles, and loved to have Mr. Bojangles dance with his friends.
Tom was bitten by the travel bug early in life, traveling throughout the U.S. with his family in the family motorhome and always wanted his bike, his fishing pole and his wagon aboard. He continued to travel as an adult with friends and family to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. No matter where he visited, he always went home with a new Facebook friend. He adored his niece, Zia Kathryn, and she loved her “Unka” Tom.
We, his family and friends are heartbroken. It is difficult to say goodbye to our sweet Tom, someone who lived life to the fullest, who greeted everyone with a smile and a bear hug. He will be remembered for the joy and contagious sense of adventure he shared with family and friends, whether it was dressing like a Circus Ringmaster for a friend’s wedding, catching his “Guitar fish” in the Tasmanian Sea while sailing the coast of New South Wales, Australia with his Milski family and mom, attending an Avalanche game or dancing with friends during Cattlemen’s. Tom lit up our nights and days with his laughter and boundless energy. There was the goofy Tom wearing a pair of Bubbles nerd glasses, the plaid shirt over Hawaiian print shorts or vise-versa. Friends were family and family were friends. Invited to a wedding in Wisconsin, he arrived at a friend’s house at 1 a.m. after a long flight. After catching some winks on her couch and waking up in the same clothes he traveled in, he asked that they stop to pick up some beers before he joined the bride and her bridesmaids at a salon for a “manipedi.” You begin to see a pattern here: Tom had friends all over the country and so of course he flew all over the country, and sometimes beyond, to attend their weddings. While not always the “Best Man,” he was always the “Best Friend.”
From the time he arrived in Gunnison, Tom reached out to everyone. His friends remember his elementary school days when he would sneak out of the house in the middle of the night to walk with them around the golf course. Then as time went on, like the Joni Mitchell song, “bike wheels turned to car wheel in the snow.” Tom sat with friends while they babysat, and they enjoyed listening to Jack Johnson songs while driving around in his truck. He would share a beer with a friend when they needed company, and when they did not know anyone else in town. Strangers could and frequently would find themselves immediate friends with him. Many have posted that this world is a better place because of Tom. He was often the first person they met when they first came to Gunnison. If they needed a place to sleep, he offered his couch. Tom even convinced a waitress in a California restaurant to rename their Bloody Mary drink after him—the “TOMorrow Bloody Mary.” He was a best friend to everyone. He was a second brother to many.
Another of his friends posted a quote on Tom’s Facebook page by Scottish poet Thomas Campbell that describes our Tom’s too brief, but full life. . . “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”
Tom is predeceased by his father, Dennis Morrow. He is survived by his mother, Terry Morrow, grandmother Kathryn Rich, brother Ryan (Jennifer) Morrow, sister Kristyn (Erik) Niemeyer, stepsisters Melanie Burchfield and Melissa Hester, nephews Ever Morrow and Gage Morrow and loving niece, Zia Kathryn Niemeyer. He also leaves behind his best friend and love, Sierra Logan. Additionally, Tom is survived by aunts, uncles and cousins in Texas and his beloved best friends and parents of those best friends in Gunnison, Lake City and all over the country.
A private family service will be held today, June 18, at the Gunnison Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to: Safe Ride of Gunnison, PO Box 239, Gunnison, CO. 81230; Gunnison Trails (gunnisontrails.org). Or plant a tree for the planet in Tom’s memory.