Thomas I. Sabo, 70, passed away at his home west of Bozeman on Tuesday, June 5, 2007. He was born on Sept. 20, 1936, in Bozeman to Dr. Francis and Dorothy (Forbes) Sabo.
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Tom was born and raised in Bozeman, attended Holy Rosary Elementary and High School, then attended the University of Notre Dame at South Bend, Ind., for his undergraduate degree followed by his law degree from The University of Montana.
Tom was active in numerous community projects. He was district camping chairman for the Boy Scouts of America; president of Riverside Country Club; president and member of the ski patrol for eight years and former director at Bridger Bowl.
He was nominated for the House of Delegates at The University of Montana Alumni Association, and was the vice-president of the Gallatin County Bar Association; a member of the Montana Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the American Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Judicature's Society.
He married Dixie Wyrauch on March 15, 1998, in Gallatin Gateway.
Tom joined the law firm of Drysdale & O'Connell in 1961 and was a Bozeman city judge from 1969 to the early 1970s. He was in private law practice for 40-plus years and was a candidate for district judge during those years. He was also a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, was an Eagle Scout and a proud member of the Stacy's Bar Association. Tom also spent a lifetime trying to keep his sons out of jail.
His passions in life were his wife, Dixie, his children, grandchildren, his horses, fishing, hunting, gopher shooting, and he loved to entertain.
He is survived by his wife, Dixie of Bozeman; sons, Tom of Phoenix, Ariz., Mark and wife, Jenny of Pony, Matt of Bozeman; and daughter, Erin and husband, David Claus of Wheaton, Ill. Grandchildren, Jason Sabo of Phoenix, Ariz., Riley and Kiril Sabo of Pony, David, Jack, Benjamin and Luke Claus of Wheaton, Ill.; one brother, Dr. Richard and wife, Melanie Sabo of Bozeman; mother-in-law, Marie Wyrauch of Bozeman; and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Sally Sabo Wright.
A vigil service will be held at 5 p.m. Friday at Dokken-Nelson Sunset Chapel, with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Cremation has taken place.
Memorials in Tom's name may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, Montana Council, 820 17th Ave., South Great Falls, MT 59405-5999; or to the charity of the donor's choice.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from June 8 to June 9, 2007