Tommy James Cozzens


Craig resident Tommy James Cozzens died Jan. 23, 2004 at The Memorial Hospital. He was 62.

Cozzens was born June 19, 1941, at a farm southeast of Hayden, to Pete and Emma (Rowley) Cozzens.

Cozzens grew up at the farm, and attended country school. Later, the family moved to Bissel Place, south of Hayden, where he finished school. He helped his dad farm for many years. Cozzens married Betty Gilbert on Aug. 7, 1960, and to this union three children were born, Richard Porter, Sherry Elane, and William Patric. The couple later divorced. Cozzens continued to farm. It was his livelihood for many years, until his father sold the farm to Peabody Coal Co. Cozzens later moved to Canada, where he bought property and built a house. After a few years, he and his son, Patric, moved back to Moffat County. Cozzens again farmed for Bob Barnes, Mike Kowcak, and others.

Cozzens is survived by his sons, Rick (Shauna) Cozzens and Pat Cozzens; daughter, Sherry (Wayne) Fithen; grandchildren Christina Fithen, Brandi Cozzens, Patric Cozzens, and Kara Cousins; cousin, Dwight Trail; sisters Laura (Bill) Arnett, Lois Arnett, Betty Cozzens, Joice Baker, Ruth (Eddie) Kiggins, and Ruby (Jess) Ross; brother, Roy (Susan) Cozzens; and nieces and nephews.

Cozzens was preceded in death by his parents, Pete and Emma Cozzens, granddaughter, Barbara Fithen, aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents.

At his request there were no services, but in June there will be a memorial service in the mountains, where he wanted to be.

Sadly missed by all of his family, love him always.

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