A Lexington native died in an avalanche while snowshoeing in Colorado on Dec. 31.
Christopher Danforth Thomas, 39, a 1993 graduate of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School who lived in Colorado Springs, was an outdoor climbing guide and substitute teacher who planned to become a full-time high school history teacher.
According to the Denver Post, he was climbing with two others on Kelso Mountain in Clear Creek County, Colo., when he was buried in about 4 feet of snow. The two companions dug Thomas out within 15 to 20 minutes using a shovel and snowshoes, then tried CPR, the newspaper reported.
Thomas, a major in the Army reserves, had a military career that spanned 18 years. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy and was deployed three times in Iraq and once in Afghanistan with the 4th Infantry Division.
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In addition to his wife, Melissa Thomas, he is survived by his mother, Berdina Thomas, and brother, Eric Thomas, both of Lexington. Services will be at 4 p.m. Thursday at Milward Funeral Directors on North Broadway, with visitation beginning at 2 p.m.