July 26, 1936 ~ June 21, 2020

Born in: Denver, CO
Resided in: Green Valley Ranch, CO

Thomas O. DeHerrera passed away at his Green Valley Ranch home, Sunday June 21, 2020.

Tom leaves his loving family consisting of his wife and partner of thirty-nine years, Kathleen and seven children;

– Lisa (Vern) Janisch, their six children; Rhianna (Dave) Hardy, their son Caleb, Danielle (Jason) Van Heerden, their children Raven, Wren and Rook, Nicole (Dustin) Bashford, their children Clara and Porter, Amalia (Shawn) Aikens and daughter Avianna Janisch, Emma (Amr) Janisch-Hailat, Jason (Jenna) Janisch and children Asher, Tallon and Jewel.

– Laurinda (John) McDonnell, their three children; Morgan (Jeremy) Silver and their son Lewis, Michael McDonnell, and Madison McDonnell.

– Leslie (Mike) Gaito, two children Rachael (Mark) Burke and daughter Talia Fletcher, and Aubrey Offord.

– Lela (Mike) Manoli, their two children Thomas and Olivia.

– Thomas (Christine) DeHerrera, their two children Gabrielle and Jacob.

– Sean DeHerrera.

– Adam (Beth) Lensu and their daughter Lila.

A multi-generational Colorado Native, Tom grew up in North Denver with his family consisting of three brothers and two sisters. He is preceded in death by his parents and two of his brothers. After graduating from high school, he joined the Army and upon completion of his tour of duty, he attended school and became a Master Plumber.

Tom moved his family to their home in Park Hill and lived there for over fifty years. It became apparent that the large house was no longer a safe fit for his advancing age and a custom home was built which he has enjoyed with Kathleen.

Well known for his sense of humor and wit, Tom was well loved and respected by countless family and friends. He loved his hobbies including but not limited to the Cherry Creek Gun Club, the Colorado Gun Club, NRA and growing plants of many shapes and sizes much to the consternation of the HOA!

Please share remembrances here, in the virtual guestbook, so that his family has something special to add to their memory keepsake.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, in Thomas’ name. Information on how to donate can be found below.

Anyone wanting to attend the Liturgy of the Word service virtually, can do so via zoom room, by clicking the following link, https://zoom.us/j/9218459342 on Thursday July 2, 2020 beginning at 9:50am.


Visitation: July 1, 2020 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Horan & McConaty - South Denver
1091 S. Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80246

Room: Chapel

Liturgy of the Word: July 2, 2020 10:00 am

Horan & McConaty - South Denver
1091 S. Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80246

Room: Chapel

Reception: July 2, 2020 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Bonnie Brae Tavern, Inc
740 S University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80209


Room: Dining Room

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Thomas DeHerrera's name.

Wounded Warrior Project

PO Box 758517
Topeka, KS 66675

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Memories Timeline


  1. I am very appreciative of Tom for the loving family he was a part of creating. God-Bless and Rest In Peace. Jason

  2. My prayers for Aunt Cathy and the entire DeHerrera family. May you all find joy in the memories you made with your Dad and peace in your heart knowing he’s up I heaven watching over you.

  3. Tom will be remembered by my family as a great neighbor and friend, a family man (and an outstanding master plumber!). I cannot forget, growing up in Park Hill, the way he teased his girls and the rest of us kids, so funny. Wishing you all – Kathy, Tom’s children and grandchildren – comfort as you remember the affection and experiences you shared with your husband/dad/granddad through the years. Take care of each other.
    Kerry Collins & the Collins Family (Kevin, David, Peter and Stephen)

  4. Our deepest sympathy to those who lost their grandfather, husband, father, brother, uncle, son and friend. As Ivan DeHerrera Jr. my dad told me there were no tougher brothers than the DeHerrera’s. I even met the guy who carried their books home from school. Uncle Tom is remembered in my heart as an experienced hunter, and loving father. The picture shown is how I chose to remember him. He is loving, caring and happy man. The DeHerrera family has lost another warrior. We should continue to make sure our children and their children and children’s children do not forget such a great man and my uncle. A man s never dead until he is forgotten. He will be alive in my heart forever.

    We family and friends may have not met or shared any life but there is never a better time than now to start. We owe it to our family to share the history of DeHerrera clan. What a real family is made of. I do not forget my relatives who have gone before me but pray for us living to do things we may not have done before. To help, listen, feed , comfort or just pray for us still journeying. I am Proud to be Ivan DeHerrera Jr. and even prouder to have family like you all.
    May Our Loving God Bless and find favor on you and yours. Until we meet again Uncle Tom. Rest In Peace. Tell my mom and dad I love them
    Ivan Jr.

  5. Lela has shared such wonderful stories about her father with me. I know that the DeHerrera family has lost a loving, funny, and kind father, grandfather, and husband. My prayers go out to you all. Rest in peace Uncle Tom, you will be greatly missed. May you all love, laugh, and feel his warmth as you share family stories and memories with each other. I love you Lela.

  6. I worked for the City for 31 years and always saw Tom come in every day to the McNichols Building to take care of the old HVAC system that needed constant attention. Tom came by twice a day to adjust the settings so that the system worked properly and would keep the building comfortable. I always looked forward to seeing Tom come in and sharing a laugh or two with him, he always brightened my day. I was especially pleased to run into Tom at a Tanner Gun Show and later visited with him at the Cherry Creek Gun Club when a mutual friend of ours invited me to visit the club as a guest one day. Tom was a daily part of my work life for many years. My condolences to the family on your loss.

  7. Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family at this sad time. Although we lost touch in later years, my husband Larry and Tom worked together for many
    years and our children were together in the early years. Larry passed 3 years ago and that is the last time I talked with Tom, but many, many happy and fun memories
    are brought to mind. Larry enjoyed hunting with Tom in the 80’s and 90s and working together on building on to Tom’s home and on our new garage/shop.
    These memories will always keep Tom in our hearts and prayers. Heartfelt condolences to all in the family.
    Dee Beneda, Mark, Sherry & Jeanne

  8. A good friend from our HS days until the present. Shared many lunches and laughs at the 4th Ave and Bonnie Brea restaurants over more years than we could count. He also bailed me out of plumbing problems, often only the cost of my late wife’s blueberry muffins. His humor and quick responses will continue to be a treasure of memories for me. May Kathy and his family take comfort in the quality of life he shared with who knew him.

  9. Tom and I were classmates at St.Joe high school for four years He was always full of fun and jokes, also known then as one of the cool guys. We would see each other at some of our school reunions and was always happy to re-connect. Good Bye Tom. May you all be at peace with his passing . GOD Speed Tom into Heaven.

  10. My deepest condolences to the DeHerrera Family for your loss. May the love of family and friends comfort and strengthen you in the days ahead. I met Tom in high school as a freshman, and while he was two years ahead of me in grades he had a smiling influence in the halls of St. Joes. In the past twenty years we would meet often at the St. Joe’s All Classes Reunion, and sitting with him and Harold Thyfault at the luncheon table I never had a chance to speak because they dominated the conversation. A great personality with a sense of humor, he kept everybody loose. Heaven has gained a pound for pound heavyweight in the nice guy category, he’ll keep the angels on their toes.
    Rest in Peace, Tom.
    Joey Armijo

  11. My sincere condolences to your family.
    Tom was a frequent visitor to my Grandma Molly Montoya on Osage St. in north Denver. She was his 2nd cousin, but he always called her “aunt.” We lived in back of her, so I saw him fairly often. And, of course, he tended to our plumbing needs. I did know he had an extraordinary sense of family, for which he was very respected.
    On behalf of Gram & our family, our thoughts are with your family.

  12. I remember Uncle Al and Aunt Lela and the family during the time they lived on 6th and Galapago street and it was so enjoyable to be with all of them including Stella and Tommy and the others! What I loved most about the family is how very happy, loving, and enjoyable they all were and the many laughs and stories which were told. Eventually, if I needed help with plumbing, Tommy was there to help all of the time and we had many good conversations! I will always remember Tommy as being such a loving, kind, respectful, and caring man; a jovial man… and Tommy will be missed!
    God bless Tommy and and his immediate family and all of the relatives!

  13. May Tommy’s wife and family always be reminded of what a wonderful Tommy was and how much Tommy touched so many lives!

    God bless and comfort Tommy’s wife, family, and relatives.

  14. Tom had a big personality, but it was eclipsed by his kindness and generous heart No doubt, Tom loved to talk, share a corny joke and had the ability to become friends with someone he had just met.
    Let me share a few memories about another side of my big brother. Although my father was a hardworking man, money was always tight providing for 6 children. Both our mother and brother Bill had serious heart conditions and Mom was often bedridden. Tom, Bill, and I were the last ones left at home. Mom would be so upset because she physically could not keep up with household chores. I remember as a 5-year-old watching my teen brother Tom on his hands and knees scrubbing floors. He did this without being asked or rewarded, just to make life easier for my mom.
    When Tom was in the army, he paid for a set of Children’s World Book Encyclopedias for me. I was a lonely kid who had no way to go to the library and spent countless hours reading these encyclopedias. I am one of the original nerds, and Tom’s thoughtful gift led to my lifelong love of learning. Tom’s kids may have ended up with these books.
    There is one more story I’d like to share about Tom, which I think of as the fairy godfather. It is mid-morning and the phone rings and it’s Tom. He explains his daughter Leslie is going to a dance. Tom, at this time, is raising the kids on his own and didn’t have money for a dress. He explains he is sewing a dress for Leslie and is having trouble putting in the zipper. He asks if I can go over to help. Tom had never sewn, but rather than disappoint Leslie he will make her a dress.
    What I’ve revealed in my stories is the hero son, brother, and dad who
    did the quiet things that make a difference. Tom will be missed by so many and I am lucky to have had him as a role model and called him my big brother.

  15. Tom was a good friend and hunting partner.
    Someone I could go to with any plumbing issues.
    He and Larry Benneda help carry out my first elk.
    May his soul Rest In Peace.

  16. As Tom and Kathy’s next door neighbor for almost 26 years, I was saddened but understood the move away from their longtime home. We have lovely new neighbors but it’s not the same.
    Our hearts go out to the whole extended family.

  17. My very deepest condolences to Tommy’s family. Tommy was my first cousin. I don’t have many memories of him but the memories that I do have are good. I remember seeing him at Aunt Molly’s home several times. I also remember a party held for him at City Park in Denver around 1996. That was a nice party. It was great to see all the family together. Tommy is at rest now in God’s hands but he will be looking down on his family and guiding them along. May God bless Tommy and his family.

  18. My first memories of Tom and his girls was when he came to California to pick up my brother Michael and I to take us to live with him while my dad (Allen) was working out his divorce. During the drive in the International Scout was an experience – straight through. We stayed with him and his family for a couple years – definitely longer than both Tom and my dad wanted. Those were difficult times however I appreciated it and thanked him years later for doing so.

    I also remember when we met with the family for a reunion in Taos, NM. Tom and Kathy went out of their way to make sure we knew we were welcome. My wife still talks about shopping with him and Kathy and how he knew some of the sellers. He was always quick with a joke and at other times quiet.

    I was fortunate to spend some time with Tom and his family in Las Vegas last spring. He was in his element – he loved gambling. We had a chance to reminisce about my visit with him and his family which I appreciated very much.

    Tom will be missed – Our condolences, thoughts and prayers are with Kathy and their immediate family.

  19. We are so sorry for your loss, Our prayers are with the family
    Tom was a long time friend, my parents and Tom’s parents
    were also friends, may God watch over your family, Our prayer’s
    are with you, Peace.

  20. Only God can know what you are feeling in your heart now. May the love and comfort of God enfold you during your difficult times. When the Lord calls our loved ones home, He leaves a gift of memories to remember and cherish. My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. I am praying for all of you.

  21. To the DeHerrera Family –

    We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of your truly amazing father and grandfather. We share our sincerest condolences with each of you.

    We have the fondest of memories of your dad, and can’t help but remember how our dads shared the common bond of a house full of daughters; until your Sean arrived.

    We send love and prayers and hope the 2 Toms have reunited as they share stories of all those girls.

    Tammie, Patricia, Marisa and Michelle Phillips

  22. We were so saddened to hear of Tom’s passing. We send our sincere condolences to Kathy and all of his wonderful family. They will surely miss him. He was a really good dad. Our family has so many great memories from our years on Batavia Place across the street from Tom. He and his family will always have a very special place in our hearts.

    The Zaremba’s


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