A Funeral Mass has been set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 21 at St. Bede the Venerable Church for Thomas Joseph Jeffers, Jr., who died July 5, 2007 of cardiac arrest.
Born Dec. 8, 1929, Tom was baptized at Holy Redeemer Church in Montrose and was reared in La Cañada. Tom's grandparents, the Meyers family, came to Montrose in the very early 1900s and his mother and father settled in the area in 1923. The Meyers family as well as the Jeffers helped develop Montrose.
Tom Jr. continued his interest in Montrose and with four other businessmen, Hugo Ebmeyer, Bob Cooke, Cliff Banks and Don Carpenter, Montrose grew. These men were all members of the Montrose Chamber of Commerce. Every week for more than a year, the five men met at Tom's law offices in Montrose and discussed how the town could be improved by making it an outdoor mall. These five men, using their personal funds, traveled to several locations looking to see what other towns had done. They visited Grand Junction, Colo., and were impressed with the way the town was set out. Visitors to today's Montrose will see a distinct similarity between the two communities.