Thomas W. "Tommy" Beuten
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Thomas W. "Tommy" Beuten, 77, died Sunday, Jan. 12, surrounded by his friends and family at the Cool Water Ranch, his lifetime home, in Bayfield, Colorado.

Tommy's first love was the guitar -- he was self-taught and taking to the stage and a radio show as early as 8-years-old. He was a beloved local musician, who played in bands starting in the 1950s including The Lords of London, the Honkers, Brother's Music Band and C.W. Shuffle. Tommy was a contemporary and mentor to numerous musicians in Southwest Colorado and New Mexico. He enjoyed sharing his profound knowledge of all-things-sports and music.

Born June 24, 1942, in Paonia, Colorado, to Fred and Alta Beuten. He lived on a ranch on Ragged Mountain before moving to Cool Water, where he ultimately was caretaker and manager of the resort business. He attended first grade in a one-room schoolhouse near the ranch and attended second grade through high school at Bayfield Schools, graduating in 1960 as salutatorian and lettering in football, baseball and basketball at Bayfield High School.

He attended Colorado State University, Brigham Young University and Fort Lewis College.

Tommy was an avid golfer and longtime member of Hillcrest Golf Course and an avid fisherman who loved nothing more than standing in the cold water of Pine River casting a fly.

Tommy is survived by his wife Judy, son Darrell (Cathy), daughter Tiffany (Jeff), grandchildren Matt, Lily, Krysten, Darian, Brittany and Dante, and six great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be Wednesday, June 24, at the Cool Water Ranch. More information will be available as the date nears.

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Published in The Durango Herald on Jan. 21, 2020.
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February 1, 2020
This is to Tommy -

Many memories have come back, thinking of our sharing a brief time together "pickin' and grinnin'". We had some good times, bad times and everything sometime being a dream. Through it all, looking back, they are all good memories.

Too bad the years and miles kept us from seeing each other and talking about the good old band days. We'll all miss you; thanks for the experience.

From Tom T. Hall's Clayton Delaney ..."Well, I know there's a lotta big preachers that know a lot more than I do, But it could be that the good lord likes a little pickin' too".

Good bye, Wilbert Bugg ( an aka known to Tommy and the other Lords of London).

- Rodger
January 23, 2020
When my husband Steve Bell died in 2007 I received the nicest card from Tommy even though I never got to be in one of his bands. We crossed paths in the music scene many times playing different venues just down the street from each other but only once did I get to sit in with him. Ironically he was sitting in that night at the Strater Hotel to cover for a missing regular band member. I just remember always loving to hear him play. He was so talented and one of the best guitarist/vocalists I've ever heard. He could mimic any country artist but was so good just as himself. I was blessed to call him friend. God be with the Beuten family as you grieve the loss of your beloved Tommy.........
Delia Bell
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