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Obituary: Kenneth Ian Thom Nov. 19, 1936 – July 27, 2019

on August 2, 2019 - 8:11am
KENNETH IAN THOM Nov. 19, 1936  July 27, 2019
Ken Thom passed away peacefully at home Saturday, July 27, 2019 after suffering a fall.
Ken was an almost lifelong resident of New Mexico, moving here as a young child with his family.
He graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1955, and attended the University of New Mexico for several years. Ken served his country in the NM Air National Guard from 1959-1965, and worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1969 until 1994.
Ken is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Anne Thom, his beloved daughter Holly, husband Aaron Laing and granddaughters Taylor and Morgan Laing, from Grand Junction, Colorado, stepsons Paul Aragon of Rio Rancho, Mark Aragon of Fort Worth, TX, Sister-in-Law Joyce Thom, Sister Jane and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brother Robert in 2017.
Ken was a well-known water color artist while living in Santa Fe in the 1980’s and 90’s. He served as President of the Santa Fe Society of Artists from 1986-87, and could often be found at small outdoor art shows around SF selling his meticulously styled southwestern watercolors.
After retiring from Los Alamos National Laboratory he hung up his brushes and moved back to Albuquerque to enjoy retirement. Always passionate about his flowers and gardening, Ken had a great eye for design and spent most of his time in his garden during the growing season.
The family will be hosting a Celebration of Life ceremony at the family residence at 11 a.m., Friday, August 9. For more information on the ceremony, please email The family asks that in lieu of flowers please send donations in Ken’s name to the Albuquerque Rose Society.