Thomas Donald Graham



Thomas Donald Graham died May 19, 2002, at the home of his daughter Sheila, surrounded by his family, having fought a courageous battle with cancer. He was 77. Graham was born March 2, 1925, in Rock Springs, Wyo. to James William and Pearl Finch Graham. He was a resident of southwest Wyoming and spent 10 years in Vernal, employed by Mountain Fuel Supply. He worked for 35 years in the oil and gas industry and retired to pursue a lifelong passion for cowboying.

Graham was an avid horseman. He served as a town councilman, and water commissioner in Dixon, Wyo., where he last resided. He was a veteran of WWII, a member of the Leatherman's Braiding Guild, Elks Club, American Prospectors Association and PRCA Old Timers Association. He was a master leather braidsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting and the outdoors.

Graham is survived by his children, Sharon (Philip) Hardy of Vernal, Utah, Sandy (Bill) Kunkel of Vernal, Sheila Gonzales of Vernal, Tammie (Aaron) McCallister of Farson, Wyo.; 13 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary Lindsey of Rock Springs, Wyo., Ruth (Matt) Anderson of Rock Springs, Francis (Allen) Taylor, of Riverton, Wyo., Hazel Graham of Lander, Wyo.; and brothers, Buzz (Beverly) Graham of Rock Springs, Stanley Graham of Farmington, N.M.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James William and Pearl Finch Graham and a brother, Joe Graham.

Memorial Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 2002, at Ladore Hall at Brown's Park Colo., under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.

In lieu of flowers make donations to the Veterans Administration. 500 Foothill Blvd. Salt Lake City, Utah 84108 in care of Steve Gish.

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