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The Best Damn Band In The Land - The Ohio State University Marching Band Alumni

Thomas Anthony Haban

December 29, 1922 - February 18, 2010

Thomas Anthony Haban, born December 29, 1922, in Columbus, Ohio, passed away in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on February 18, 2010, surrounded lovingly by his wife and nine children.

Tom graduated from St. Mary's High School in Columbus, Ohio class of 1941; he served three years in the US Navy in World War II at Guadalcanal; he graduated from the Ohio State University, School of Music, Class of 1950 with a degree in Education. He was an accomplished musician and a music educator for almost 40 years, teaching at both the Elementary and High School level in several states. He was always a favorite among the students and was well liked and respected by fellow faculty members. He liked to tell stories of being a member of the Ohio State Marching Band, and remembered fondly marching in the 1949 and 1950 Rose Bowl.

Tom married Patty Murtha in 1953. He was a Colorado Springs resident for the past 31 years, retiring from Colorado Springs School District No. 11 in 1989. Tom was an active member of the Divine Redeemer Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and the American Legion in Colorado Springs.

Tom is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Patty and his nine beautiful children: Laura Haban (Buzz Parlasca), Duane Haban (Terry), Karen Haban (Phil Jamieson), Tim Haban (Kim), Lisa Thompson (Dave), Chris Haban (Melinda), Kathy Haban, Teresa Love (Michael), Pam Haban; and survived by seven grandchildren: Jason Haban, James Haban, Jenna Haban, Krista Haban, Ryan Love, Andrew Love and Parker Thompson. He is also survived by Sister Helen Castrop and Sister Teresine Haban, OSF and Brother Edward Haban, in addition to numerous loving nieces and nephews.

A Catholic Funeral Mass will be held Monday, February 22nd at 11:00 am at Divine Redeemer Catholic Church in Colorado Springs, immediately followed by a fellowship in the Church Community Center. A celebration of life will be held in Crescent City, California at a future date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Pikes Peak Buckeye Scholarship Fund in memory of Tom Haban, Pikes Peak Buckeye, 1119 Panorama Dr. Colorado Springs, CO 80904.

Thomas played trumpet in the marching band in 1948 and 1949. He served as band manager on the 1950 trip to the Rose Bowl.