Sep 272013

Longtime Durango, Colo., resident George “Tom” Koury, 72, passed away on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, in a Denver hospital of complications following major heart surgery. A Celebration of Life was held Sept. 26 at the Lost Dog Bar and Lounge in Durango. He was the best father and friend, and will be greatly missed.
Tom was born on April 27, 1941, in Winslow to Joseph Toffee Koury and Rita Smithson, and was raised in Holbrook. He was the youngest of three brothers.
His mother, Rita, recalled a time when the boys were small and she was crocheting a tablecloth made of hundreds of small squares. While she and the boys sat in front of the wood stove on chilly evenings, she would crochet while she told the boys story after story. After months of working on the tablecloth, she couldn’t understand why she wasn’t making much progress until one day she opened the wood stove and found a stack of half-burned squares. She always believed that Tommy was the culprit because he wanted the story time to go on and on.
Tom moved his family from Phoenix to Durango in 1984 after vacationing in Durango and falling in love with the area. He was employed by Bob Sellers Auto for many years and stayed with the company when it transitioned to New Country Auto. He later worked at Morehart Chevrolet dealership until he retired.
He was an avid hunter, but his special passion was cars. He followed the sports car circuit all over Europe and the U.S., attending as many events as time would allow. He was a Ferrari expert and wrote numerous articles for sports car publications. He was an accomplished musician and played lead guitar for a rock band in the ‘50s.
Tom married Leslie June in July 1965. That marriage later ended in divorce.
Survivors include his two daughters, Kimberly Koury of Arvada, Colo., and
Elizabeth Koury of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; his elder brother, Joseph Koury of Tucson; and numerous extended family members. He also leaves behind his daughter of the heart, Sarah Clarke, upon whom he greatly depended in his last years.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Dan Koury.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association either online or by mail to P.O. Box 841125, Dallas, Texas, 75284-1125; or to a charity of your choice.Koury