Vail Daily obituary: Thomas (TK) Klein, 1953-2015
Thomas (TK to his friends) Klein, age 61, passed away peacefully Jan. 21 with his devoted wife of 18 years, Jean, at his side.
A celebration of TK’s life will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Vail Interfaith Chapel. A reception and more celebration will follow at 4:30 p.m. at 4 Eagle Ranch.
TK was born in 1953 in Elk City, Oklahoma, to Vernon and Patricia Klein. TK grew up with three brothers: Jim who predeceased him, Dick and Chuck Klein. He attended high school in Lawton, Oklahoma, where he was a star football player, and attended the University of Oklahoma, where he graduated with a B.A. in history. He went on to get his MBA in finance at Oklahoma CU.
TK moved to the Vail Valley in 1989, met and married his loving wife, Jean, on Oct. 10, 1996. After starting his career in finance, TK founded Klein Mortgage in Vail. TK and his wife founded the Klein Group shortly thereafter with offices in The Riverwalk at Edwards. After an extensive illness, TK recovered for a short period and joined CBRE Capital Markets where he opened their Oklahoma City office. TK and Jean commuted from their home in the valley to Oklahoma City.
TK met and made many friends in the valley and could be seen often at his beloved Alpine Club in Arrowhead. He loved the outdoors, skiing, mountain biking, golf and fishing. Aside from his business career, TK was an ambassador for Habitat for Humanity. He was also a member of the board of directors of the 4 Eagle Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded on the principles of following Jesus, and was an active participant and supporter of Operation Restored Warriors, a Christian organization dedicated to saving servicemen suffering from PTSD.
TK leaves a legacy of strong faith, integrity, humor and most of all love for his wife, family members, friends and “brothers” in the valley.
Relatives and friends are welcome to join in Tuesday’s services and are requested to bring a joyful spirit and loving memories of their friend, TK. At TK’s request, his ashes will be scattered at 4 Eagle Ranch, the top of Beaver Creek and in Big Park atop Cordillera.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the 4 Eagle Foundation, C/O the TK Klein Fund, P.O. Box 70, Wolcott, CO 81655 to help offset some of the extensive medical expenses incurred during TK’s illness.
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