W. Thomas Beltz

1948-2012

William Thomas (Tom) Beltz, 64, died May 12, 2012, while bicycling in Illinois. Tom was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1948. He graduated from Grosse Pointe high School (Michigan) in 1966. Tom earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University in 1970 and graduated from Washington University Law School in 1973.

Tom practiced personal injury and adoption law in Colorado Springs for 38 years, partnering with Daniel West since 1997. He united over 3,000 children with loving families. He served on the District 11 school board and Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission. Tom was a member of the El Paso County Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association and a fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys; he was certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Tom also served as a volunteer instructor of the Pro Se Adoption Clinic for two decades teaching indigent families how to complete adoptions without the need of an attorney.

Among Tom’s favorite pastimes were visiting all the U.S. National Parks and cheering for Michigan State Spartan sports. He served as Vice President for Pikes Peak Amateur Hockey Association. He also refereed high school and college hockey for Colorado College and the U.S. Air Force Academy, played softball and hockey, and rode his bicycle over 60,000 miles.

W. Thomas Beltz
W. Thomas Beltz