Obituary: Thomas Phillips, Jr |

Obituary: Thomas Phillips, Jr

Long time Grand Country resident and former owner of Mount Hollywood Cinema and Spirit Lake Marina, Thomas Phillips, Jr., 68, died Thursday, May 5, 2016 at his home in Arvada, Colo. of heart failure. “Big Tom”, as he was affectionately known by so many, was born on October 6, 1947 in Omaha, Neb. to Thomas Sr. and Josephine Phillips.

Tom spent his early adult life in law enforcement in Omaha, Neb., where he was nominated for the Medal of Valor. He moved his family to Empire, Colo., in 1981, where he was Marshall, and then to Grand Lake in 1984. He worked for the Grand County Police department until the day his wife, Lori, sent him to buy a fishing boat and he came home with a Marina. He and Lori ran Spirit Lake Marina on the shores of Grand Lake for over 20 years. They also built and ran Mt. Hollywood Cinema in Granby, until they retired to the city to be closer to their grandkids. Unable to truly “retire”, Tom served as a security officer for various casinos as well as the Museum of Nature and Science. Tom was heavily involved in the community. He volunteered as a river boat captain for the Junior River Trip at Middle Park High School, called the High School football games, and built countless sets for High School and Community Theater productions. He loved Grand County and everyone that lived here and was proud to have raised his family here.

He is survived by his wife, Lori, and their three children, Sherry, Annie, and Tommy, and his two grandsons, Ethan and Eli.

There will be a Celebration of Tom’s Life at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 4 in the Science Atrium on the first floor. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers or food, if you should like to send condolences, please donate to the memorial fund, please go to

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