Obituary: Thomas Jay Alley

March 6, 1955 ~ Aug. 23, 2021

Tom Alley died Aug. 23, 2021 at St. Mary’s hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado. He was born in Carmel, California, on March 6, 1955, to Samuel and Marie Alley, the third of four children and only boy in the family.

Tom was raised in the family home that his father had just completed building in Pacific Grove, California. As a child he was a wonderful brother to his three sisters. He loved digging large tunneled holes in the backyard which he would fill with water — training even then for his later career as a plumber and long suffering lifelong plumbing advisor to his sisters.

Tom was a fun-loving young man and center of a large group of like-minded friends. His birthday parties were legendary in Pacific Grove and he had many adventures up and down the coast of Big Sur and in the Monterey area. He settled down as a young father in his early 20s and began working for a soft water company. He later became active in a leadership role in the Recovery Community in Monterey and was a 25-year friend of Bill W.

Tom lived in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Monterey, California; prior to taking up residence in Meeker, Colorado.

In Meeker he found his true “home base” and the love of his life Bonnie Kracht. He established Western Colorado Enterprises and owned and operated the Meeker Laundry until the time of his death.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents Sam and Marie Alley, sister Laurel Alley, son Scott Alley and partner Bonnie Kracht. He is loved and missed by sisters Merrily Alley of Monterey, California, and Mia Holz of Oakland,California, as well as nephew Kristofer Holz of San Francisco, California, niece Sarah Alley of Monterey, California, great-nephew Cory Alley of Southern California and canine companion “Buddy.”

Tom’s California family wishes to express their gratitude to his Meeker community for the care and support given to Tom during the past few months and throughout his life in Meeker.

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