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Tom Lupsa a master binder who was one of the early talents behind Basin Printing and Imaging, died at home in Oxford on Friday, June 28. He was 52.

The family said the cause of death has not been determined.

Mr. Lupsa was born July 31, 1960, to Katalyn and Johans Lupsa at Mercy Medical Center in Durango. Mr. Lupsa attended Needham Elementary, Miller Middle High School and Durango High School.

He married Lynn Morton in 1980. The marriage ended in divorce in 1989.

Mr. Lupsa first became acquainted with the world of printing through his parents, who owned Basin Reproduction, now known as Basin Printing and Imaging, from 1962 to 1974.

In his early 20s, Mr. Lupsa moved to California, before returning to Durango and Basin Printing by 1988.

On July 10, 1993, Mr. Lupsa married Judy Oliver in Durango. The marriage ended in divorce in December 2012.

“Tom played an integral role in making Basin Printing what it is today. Tom had a very strong work ethic. He was willing to do whatever job was necessary and did the best he could, no matter what the task,” said Judy Lupsa, his former wife.

Together, they had one son, Thomas Lupsa II. Mr. Lupsa also was a beloved father to his daughter, Lindsey Oliver Lupsa, of Vallecito.

For the last year, Mr. Lupsa worked delivering newspapers for The Durango Herald.

His family said Mr. Lupsa’s happiest times were bright, sunshiny days spent four-wheeling, dirt bike riding or fishing, especially with his son, Thomas.

They said Mr. Lupsa loved hosting barbecues for family and friends and that he took great pride in skills on the grill.

He is survived by his son, Thomas Lupsa II, and former wife, Judy Lupsa of Oxford, daughter Lindsey Oliver Lupsa of Vallecito, his mother Katalyn Lupsa of Paradise, Calif., sister Kathy Mason of Rio Rancho, Calif., brother Pete Lupsa of Memphis, Tenn., two nephews and one granddaughter.

Cremation has occurred. A celebration of Mr. Lupsa’s life is planned for 11 a.m., Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Elks Picnic Ground. For more information, call Thomas or Judy Lupsa at 903-0425.

A memorial fund has been set up for the Lupsa family at the First National Bank of Durango.

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