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Frank Thomas Colsen

August 15th, 1929 - April 11th, 2024

Frank Thomas Colsen (known to his friends and family as "Tom") 1929 - 2024 Tom was born to Frank and Ida Colsen in Grafton, North Dakota. He passed away peacefully with all his family by his side at sunset, April 11, 2024. Tom is survived by his loving wife Addie (Adeline) of 70 years, married in 1954. Their life together was a true love story. They moved to Santa Barbara in 1959. They started their beautiful family of two daughters Kathi Carlson (son-in-law Andy), Kimberly Connolly (son-in-law Richard) Three GrandChildren, Danielle Wooden (grand-son-in-law Jaymz), Bowin Connolly, and Alexandra Carlson and one Great GrandDaughter, Adeline Wooden. Tom proudly served in the United States Navy during the Korean War from 1948-1952. Tom left a mark in history for his revolutionary inventions. To name a few, the "Single Hose Diving Lung" and the "Anti-Theft System" which he sold to Ford Motor Company and other car manufacturers. When you hear a horn sounding in a parking lot, you can thank Tom. He owned and operated a hi-tech manufacturing business, "Lucero Industries Inc." Tom was a true entrepreneur. Tom joined the Santa Barbara Jaycee's in the early 60's, of which he was involved in the early development of the Santa Barbara Childs Estate which became the Santa Barbara Zoo. He has been a member of the Elks Lodge for 30 years. Tom loved to travel, he and Addie traveled the world. Tom always believed in investing in Real Estate. He developed a vacation Lake house for family and friends to gather and create memories. Tom was a man of integrity, always honest, kind, and loved people. When he shook your hand, he looked you in the eye and gave you a solid handshake. Anyone who knew Tom, has heard him say, "It Takes a Heap of Living to Make a Life" and that is what he did. A mass for Tom will be held at the San Roque Church in Santa Barbara, April 25th at 10:30. A Graveside Military Salute at the Calvary Cemetery at 11:30. Celebration of Tom's Life at the La Cumbre Country Club at 12:00 noon.

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McDermott-Crockett & Associates Mortuary

Established in 1906, McDermott-Crockett Mortuary is Santa Barbara's oldest operating funeral home. It is housed in a historic chapel built in 1875, just younger than the Old Mission Santa Barbara. With over 118 years of dedicated service to the community, our mortuary is committed to providing full-service premier funeral care. Our compassionate and Spanish-speaking staff ensures effective communication and support during challenging times. McDermott-Crockett Mortuary caters to diverse cultural needs, offering multicultural funerals and preparation areas for incense burning, ritual washing, and a Tahara room. For those of the Jewish faith, we can arrange for a shomer.

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Sally Turvey

🦋 Dear Addie So sorry for your loss. Your house on Via Bolzano was our first home in the USA and our two boys loved growing up in #949. Hoping you have some wonderful memories to look back on your life with Tom. Sally and SImon Turvey

Published May 3rd, 2024

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