Thomas "Tom"'s Story
FLAKE , Thomas "Tom" Albert Thomas “Tom” Albert Flake, 66, passed away on January 30, 2018, at his home in Fruita, CO. Born on April 7, 1951 in Boise, ID, Tom spent his younger years between Meridian, ID; Mesa; Granada Hills, CA; as well as Mexico and Guatemala, where he created some of his most talked about childhood memories. Whether exploring volcanoes with his brothers or interacting with the locals, Tom’s childhood exposed him to a larger world, impacting him deeply. As a young adult, he served his country as an MP in the Air Force, his community as a Sheriff’s Deputy and Firefighter in the Forest Service, before embarking on his professional career, serving people everyday as a nurse. In 1995 Tom and Cheryl made Fruita, CO, their forever home. Earlier this month, after 23 rewarding years of employment at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction, CO, he was able to retire as house supervisor. Tom will forever be remembered for his love and appreciation for “Mother Earth” long before it was trendy, his incredible mind, his wild passion for adventure, his impact on the medical community, his life of service and ultimately, for his motto that “ family comes first ” . Tom will be dearly missed and remembered by his wife and best friend, Cheryl (Moscrip); his daughters, Heather (Colby) Bower, Erin (Jason) Beckerman, and Lexie Moscrip; and eight grandchildren. He will also be lovingly remembered by his sister, Nena (Darrel) Pospisil; his brothers, Robert (Anne), Eddy (Lanny), Dan (Linda), and Don (Bridget); many nieces and nephews; in-laws; and a multitude of wonderful friends. Tom is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Mae (Thomas) Flake; his father-in-law, Dick Moscrip; and his first wife and the mother of his two oldest daughters, Bonnie (Heschke) Flake. Family, friends, and others whose lives Tom has touched are invited to remember him on February 5, 2018 at 3pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 417 E. Ottley Ave, Fruita, CO 81521. A light dinner will follow the memorial. Should friends desire, contributions in Tom’s honor may be sent to The Ronald McDonald House at 818 Fulton Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414.
Published on  February 4, 2018