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Obituary: Thomas R. Kingsford

Thomas R. Kingsford Will Be Missed Thomas R. Kingsford, 77, of Peoria, Arizona passed away, October 29, 2005 in Peoria, AZ. He was married 50 years to Betty Ann Delaney of Missoula, Montana. Tom was born one of three children to Roland and Florence Kingsford in Missoula, MT. As a youth, Tom was very athletic. He was involved in football, basketball, baseball and track. He and his family traveled many miles to different sporting events in which he participated. Tom continued his athletic career at the University of Montana, where he earned All-American honors in football. Tom graduated from the University of Montana in 1951 and was drafted into the NFL by the San Francisco 49ers. His NFL career was short lived due to Tom being drafted into the Korean War. Upon returning home, Tom went on to touch many lives and minds over the next 40 years as a teacher and coach. He started teaching and coaching at Billings High School in Billings, Montana. He later moved on to Polson High School in Polson, Montana, and subsequently became an assistant football coach at his alma mater, the University of Montana. For the next 25 years, Tom was the Head Football Coach and associate professor in health and physical education at Southern Utah University, in Cedar City, Utah. In his latter years at Southern Utah University, he served as the golf coach. In 1992 Tom and Betty retired and moved to Peoria, Arizona, to spend their winters and Bigfork, Montana to spend their summers. Tom enjoyed spending time with friends and family. He loved competitive sports. Coaching was in every facet of his life, he took advantage of every opportunity to teach others and better them in whatever they were doing. He will always be known to many as "Coach". Tom is survived by his wife, Betty, sons Thomas (Heather) Kingsford of Salt Lake City, Utah. Kyle (Bridget) Kingsford of Colorado Springs, Colorado and four grandchildren. A heartfelt thanks to Dr. Francisco Cordova and staff at Hospice Family Care, for all their special attention. A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 4, at 11 a.m. at the Congregational Church of Sun City, 18401 North 99 Ave, Sun City, Arizona 85373. Please make any contributions in the memory of Thomas R. Kingsford to the Hospice Family Care,17220 North Boswell, Sun City, Arizona, 85373. Phone 623/875-8080. Arrangements under the care of Sunland Mortuary, Sun City, AZ, phone 623/933-0161. The internment will take place in July, 2006 in Missoula, Montana.