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Thomas James “T.J.” Minnier, age 43

Thomas James “T.J.” Minnier, age 43, of Conifer, Colorado, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, August 16, 2022, in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was born in Denton, Texas, to Arthur Stinson Minnier and Mary Ann Grzybowski Minnier.

When he was young, he enjoyed playing baseball, as a pitcher and a catcher. After graduating from Evergreen High School in Evergreen, Colorado, Thomas attended the University of Colorado Boulder where he received his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering. This led him to his first job working in the aerospace industry in Seattle, Washington and then in Germany.

Thomas loved living and working in Europe, and resided there for many years of his adult life. He next moved to Prague, Czech Republic. His never-ending quest for knowledge led to the receipt of his master’s degree from New York University in Prague in Project Management. His next aerospace job moved him back to the USA and he resided in Washington, DC for a few years, then he was transferred to work in the Netherlands. Thomas’ work was very important to him and he was proud of his success in all of his various positions.

An avid reader, T.J. was never without his many novels and books. He also was a fan of the CU Buffaloes, and loved watching football and baseball. T.J. had an affinity and love for dogs. He especially loved hanging out with friends. While friends and family will fondly recall T.J.’s vast knowledge and intelligence, endearing sarcasm, and humor, he will be remembered for his love of the family and close friends he left behind.

Thomas is survived by his parents Arthur and Mary Ann Minnier of Colorado, sister Melissa Tipps and her husband Benton Tipps, nephews Brennan Tipps and Tyler Tipps of Arkansas, and many more friends and extended family members here and abroad.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Humane Society of the United States in honor of Thomas James “TJ” Minnier, for his love of animals.  Donations can be completed online at To contribute by mail, please send a personal check or money order made payable to the HSUS (Humane Society of the United States) to:1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20037. Memorial gifts are tax deductible. Federal Tax ID Number53-0225390.

Arrangements have been entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service. 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400.  Thomas’ online guestbook is available at


  • Chastity Scifres Posted August 26, 2022 3:36 PM

    So sorry for your loss. Wishing the family peace.

  • Bonnie Siddall Posted August 26, 2022 4:10 PM

    That is a beautiful memory for someone who was well loved by his family.

  • Rick and Phyllis Sugg Posted September 1, 2022 4:24 PM

    So sorry for your loss.

  • Mike Rosiek Posted September 17, 2022 11:43 AM

    TJ was very dear to me. I’ve known him since he and my Sons played together often in Westminster. CO. I loved him like a son. He and I shared the same birthday. May 3rd. I live and miss you T.

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