August 15, 2006
Tom Crumpacker died on the morning of Friday, Aug. 11, following a struggle with liver cancer. He was 72 years old.Born in Hammond, Ind., he was raised in Colorado Springs and Aspen. Tom graduated from Yale University in 1957, from the University of Michigan law school in February 1960, and he received a master’s degree in Latin American studies at Georgetown University in 1980. Tom practiced law in Denver from 1961 to 1972, in Aspen from 1972 to 1988, and in Carbondale from 1988 to 1997. His business card identified him as “Warrior Lawyer.”Following retirement in 1998, Tom moved to Miami, where he wrote extensive political essays on issues regarding U.S.-Cuba relations.Tom also founded the Sopris Green Party in Carbondale and the Miami-Dade Green Party.Tom is survived by his beloved wife, Maray; his beloved daughters, Casey and Cully; and his beloved ex-wife, Maryann Justman. He is also survived by his sisters, Mary Bennett, of Carbondale, Marguerite Maddalone, of Monte Vista, and Posey Nelson, of Crested Butte. He was preceded in death by his son, Owen Crumpacker, and his sister Alice Crumpacker.Tom’s family may be contacted through his daughter Casey at (512) 477-1015 or by e-mail at email@example.com. Call Getie at (719) 852-0315 or Posey at (970) 275-8721.In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made at http://www.freethefive.org and http://www.commongroundrelief.org.There will be a memorial for Tom in August 2007 in Eagle. Details will follow next summer.