A firm believer in education, he graduated from Otero Junior College and the University of Colorado, eventually earning his Ed.D. from the University of Northern Colorado. He was a teacher and administrator with School District 11 in Colorado Springs and after retirement, taught at UCCS.
Howerton also was a public servant, receiving numerous distinguished service awards and serving on countless educational boards, including the National Association of School Boards of Education. He served on the Colorado State Board of Education for 16 years.
Tom is survived by his wife, Connie, three children; Steve, Karen Kennedy (Jim), and Kent (LaQuitta), and five grandchildren: Sarah Anderson, Nicole Baca, Lindsey Howerton, Cole Kennedy, and Quinn Kennedy.