Thomas Allen “T.A.” Williams passed away August 6, 2023, at the home he built in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The family will host a viewing Thursday, August 10, 2023, between 5 – 7 pm at Shrine of Remembrance, 1730 East Fountain Boulevard, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80910. Funeral services will be held at Shrine of Remembrance, Friday, August 11, 2023 at 2 pm T.A. will be buried at Pikes Peak National Cemetery on Monday, August 14 at 10 am, 10545 Drennan Road, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80925.
Tommy was born in Colorado Springs on May 15, 1933, to Johnny Morris Williams and Jessie (Sherman) Williams. He was the third oldest of ten children in one of Colorado Springs’ original families. He grew up working alongside his father and brothers at J.M. Williams Livestock Hauling and attended Colorado Springs High School when he wasn’t delivering cattle and horses for ranchers throughout the country.
Tom was drafted during the Korean War and served in the U.S. Army as an artilleryman in the radar section of the 29th Field Artillery Battalion, 4th Infantry Division deployed to West Germany.
After completing his Army service, he returned to Colorado Springs and began a long career as a cattleman. T.A. frequented the cattle sales on the front range of Colorado clerking at the cattle auctions, trading cattle, and building his own herd over time. He bought a ranch in eastern El Paso County near Hanover that would serve as the base of his ranching operation. He leased summer pasture and ran cows across northern Colorado Springs on land that has now become the Colorado Springs neighborhoods of Briargate, Flying Horse, Kings Deer, The Farm, and Pine Creek.
During his life he owned and operated cattle ranches in Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska. His main ranch was always in Hanover and, other than a short adventure moving to Hawaii, he always made his home in Colorado Springs.
T.A. was a lifelong member of the Soil Savers social club and a frequent guest at the Pikes Peak Range Riders Layover Day. An avid reader, he maintained subscriptions to Colorado and national newspapers as well as numerous livestock and agricultural trade journals. Whenever he found an interesting article, he would rip it out and mail it to one of his children.
He was one of a kind, never met a stranger, and left a lasting impression on everyone he met. T.A. filled every room he was in with his larger-than-life personality, extremely sharp wit, and a complete disregard for political correctness; he was a Cowboy of a different breed and time that may never walk the earth again.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Consuelo Williams; children: Tabb Williams (Lisa), Nikki Garbo (John), Joni Johnson, Brandy Williams, Tom Williams (Danielle) and Travis Williams (Kelli); grandchildren: Steven Brown, Shay Brown, Cara Brown, Max Elliot, Grace Powell, Preston Kalkwarf, and Madison Kalkwarf; and great grandchildren: Amias Valdez and Wilder Powell.