Thomas Arthur "Tom" Diette, 56, passed away peacefully Saturday afternoon, June 6, 2009, at St. Peter's Hospital in Helena, surrounded by his children, Clay, Amy and Melissa Diette; his parents, Arthur and Alice Diette; and closest friends, Pat and Ginger Povah. He had suffered a heart attack on June 4.
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Tom was born in New Haven, Conn., on April 28, 1953. He attended St. Helena Elementary School, C.R. Anderson School and graduated from Helena High School in 1971. He continued his education, attending Montana State University.
Tom and Celeste Andrews were married on Jan. 6, 1978, in West Yellowstone.
In addition to his children and parents, Tom is survived by his brothers, Vincent and Matthew; and a large extended family of former Hamilton Stores, Inc. employees. Tom's passion in life was Yellowstone National Park, Hamilton Stores and Wilcoxson's Ice Cream.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ernest and Mary Ann Diette and Arthur and Florence Davidson.
Interment of his cremated remains will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, in Park View Cemetery in Livingston.
Memorials in Tom's name are suggested to the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch, 2050 Overland Ave., Billings, MT 59108; to the National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (national headquarters), 6931 Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD 20814; or to an organization of charity of the donor's choice.
Retz Funeral Home
315 East Sixth Ave
Helena, MT 59601
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on June 9, 2009