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Thomas Alvin Judson

Apr 14, 2013 Staff

Thomas Alvin Judson died Monday, April 8, 2013, in the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. His wife, Nancy, his daughter, Joanne, and his brothers were with him when he passed. He was 64 years old.

Cremation is under the direction of Schrader Funeral Home of Cheyenne, and a memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, April 15, at Davis Funeral Home in Riverton. Anyone who knew him is welcome to attend.

Thomas Alvin Younkin was born April 15, 1948, in Colby, Kan., the son of Ruben Alvin Younkin and Alma Jane Kepler. His father died young and his mother remarried in 1953, at which time his last name was changed to Judson. He grew up with his three brothers in Wheatland, Fort Ord, Calif., Fairbanks, Alaska, and Casper when he was very young, but home to him would always be Pavillion, where his father and grandfather had been farmers, and where he graduated from Pavillion High School in 1966.

He attended Arizona State University and the University of Wyoming, graduating from the latter with a degree in American studies in 1970. He taught briefly in Green River, but after working for the Gertch-Baker Architecture firm in Laramie, he fell in love with building and would return to the University of Wyoming to take classes in design and architectural engineering.

For the last 35 years of his life, he was a member of the Wyoming State Board of Architects, and worked for various firms across the state of Wyoming as well as in his own firm in Riverton. The buildings, bridges and private homes he designed are too numerous to list, but there are few communities in Wyoming wherein he did not design something.

His family said he loved to read, watch old movies and tell stories, and he was an active member of the High Noon Toastmasters.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Watkins Judson, of Cheyenne (but formerly of Riverton); daughter Joanne Marie Hamilton and her husband Bud of Aurora, Colo.; stepson Bryan Hursh and his wife Stacy of Denver; grandchildren Abby and Sean; brothers Timothy Younkin and his wife Jean of Belize, Ted, and Trent and his wife Bonnie of Tucson, Ariz.; nephews Brian Judson and his wife Sara of Albuquerque, N.M., and Zachery Judson and his wife Kathy of Berkley, Calif.; great-niece Natalie Judson and her husband Darren Ojard of Denver; great-nephews Tucker of Berkley, Calif., and Jessie and his wife Rachael; and great-great- nieces and nephews Kenton Violet and the soon-to-be-born Silas all of Denver and Gabriel and Nathaniel of Flagstaff, Ariz.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and by his beloved grandparents, Jack and Alice Kepler of Pavillion.

Donations may be given to St. Jude's Children Hospital, in care of Davis Funeral Home.

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