Thomas Lindquist

Thomas Donald Lindquist

May 7th, 1932 - December 7th, 2019
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Thomas Donald Lindquist

Date of Birth: May 7, 1932
Place: Denver, Colorado; Denver General Hospital
Died: December 7, 2019

Where: Namaste memory care unit, Colorado Springs, Colorado

As reported by his wife; Blanche Marie Markham Lindquist

He was athletic as a young boy, playing basketball, working out on a high-bar that had been built in the family backyard, by his father, for all three boys to use.

He also learned to play football and was very good at being a tackle. At the end of the 1949 season, Tom and his team from East high school played against the Grand Junction high school in the state semi-final. The game was played in Grand Junction at the stadium. Tom was able to get through the Grand Junction linemen and block both of the two kicks that Gene Taylor tried to make on that day. Because of Tom’s efforts, the game ended with a 14-0 score, East had won.

After high school, Tom became very good at the game of Golf, while he lived in Montrose.

Tom’s interest in law enforcement may have started with listening to his father and uncle. Uncle Oscar was Tom’s fathers brother. Tom’s father had taken courses on law, and Uncle Oscar was a officer with the Denver Police department. Tom joined the Colorado State Patrol in June of 1955. That was the beginning of a part of his life where he could keep our highways safe and help the people of our state in so many other ways.

The first place Tom was assigned was in Gunnison, Colorado. While serving there, he joined the Masons in 1957. His second degree was conferred on him by a very good friend of his fathers; a gentleman by the name of Morris Rifkin, in Crested Butte, Colorado. In 1966 he was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to the Academy in Golden, Colorado where he was a training officer for new recruits. His family moved to Aurora, Colorado, where his two children attended Aurora schools. In 1971 he attended Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. His studies included the long course in the Traffic Institute, for 9 months. Tom worked very hard at his studies, and graduated number 8 in a class of 85. Tom’s son Wilson attended Mesa College during Tom’s training in Chicago. In 1972 the family returned to Aurora, Colorado where he was promoted to Lieutenant, and assigned to the State Patrol headquarters. In 1982 he was promoted to Captain and given command of District 1 In eastern Colorado, where he excelled in leadership of multiple officers and thousands of miles of the Colorado plain’s highways. In 1984 he was assigned to the Governor’s task for working with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

Since he had joined the Patrol at the minimum age of 23, and he worked a full 30 years, he was eligible to retire at 53, with full retirement and benefits. He chose to retire in May of 1985. He was meritoriously promoted to Major after his retirement.

Tom was married to Blanche Marie Markham Lindquist his “first wife” for 68 years. They had two children:
Son: Wilson Thomas Lindquist of Northglenn, Colorado. Daughter: Barbara Marie Lindquist Nohava, of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Other family members include:
Daughter in law: Susie Rinckle Lindquist
Son in law: Michael Nohava

Grand children: Leticia, Brianna, Kimberly, Daniel and Matthew.
Also included in Tom’s family tree in 13 great-grandchildren.

Tom is survived by and older brother, John Lindquist of San Luis Obispo, California.

Tom’s ashes will be interned at Fairmont Cemetery, Denver, Colorado.
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Colonel Mark V. Trostel

Posted at 02:44pm
Tom was my first District Commander/Captain when I joined the CSP and was assigned to the Broomfield Troop (Troop 1-B) in 1979. I had the privilege of working under his leadership for 3 and 1/2 years. He was an officer and a gentleman in every way and was a leader I tried to emulate during my career. He was admired for his fairness and intelligence by me and others throughout the CSP.
During the Christmas blizzard of 1982 I was a Trooper and was assigned to respond to the District Office in Aurora out on Tower Road and Colfax to accompany Captain Lindquist out to Limon where we had hundreds of stranded motorists. Due to the storm we never made the journey and had to return to the District Office where Captain Tom met with dozens of other stranded travelers and CDOT. His compassion and leadership were evident that day.

I read his book on the impacts to light filaments caused by vehicle impacts and cited it many times in court testimony and papers I wrote at the FBI National Academy when I was a student there. It was a remarkable work and very scientific as well as extremely forward thinking in the field of crash investigation. Needless to say, his impact on me was significant in the early stages and throughout my career with the CSP. I will never forget him. He will be greatly missed. I extend my deepest sympathy and condolences to your family.


Colonel Mark V. Trostel, CSP 1979-2009
Colorado State Patrol Chief, retired

Association of Colorado State Patrol Professionals

Posted at 03:02pm
With loving memories of "Thomas Lindquist" and to honor his 30+ years of service in the Colorado State Patrol. Our heartfelt condolences.
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Lt. Col. Donald S. Lamb(Ret.) CSP

Posted at 06:13pm
Duty, Honor, Leadership and love of Family, State and Country only partially describe the mission and impact that Major Lindquist accomplished during his life. To many of his brothers 'in blue' he was a teacher, role model and hero. Tom was a pioneer in traffic accident reconstruction with his research in automotive electric lamps. Tom will be remembered by the people's lives he touched.
Lt. Col. Donald S. Lamb(Ret.) CSP


Posted at 04:05pm
The Colorado State Patrol- Troop 2B Colorado Springs wishes to send our heartfelt condolences, and our appreciation to Major Lindquist for his years of selfless service to our state, and to our agency. Thank you for the family who travelled throughout his storied career with him so that their husband / father could help so many people. Rest easy Major, we have the watch from here.

Captain John Lupton- Troop Commander- Colorado State Patrol Troop 2B

Barbara Nohava

Posted at 07:24pm
It has always been my privilege to be Tom Lindquist's daughter. We had a rocky beginning, simply because I have red hair, and no one else in the family, to his knowledge, has red hair. However, it didn't take long for me to become a "Daddy's girl". I loved following my daddy everywhere. I loved listening to him talk. I loved standing next to him in his darkroom, listening to the stories behind the pictures he developed. I loved it when we went camping. Daddy, my brother Wilson, our dog KC, and I would start the day by leaving our campsite for a day of fishing. Through the day we tromped through tall grass, bushes, over rocks, through streams, and mud. Of course the weather changed by the hour, in the mountains. Depending on the time of year we could experience all four seasons in one day. Consequently, at the end of the day, we were filthy dirty, and wet, from mud and rain, but we had fish to eat, and so happy from a very adventurous day.
Daddy lived a full life, full of hard work, wise choices, and great rewards. I'm proud to be his daughter, and am happy for him to be with his Lord, so he can start his next adventure.

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