Thomas Pick, 66, passed suddenly on Saturday, Jan. 16, while skiing south of Cooke City, Montana. Born Aug. 9, 1949, to Emma Lou and Charles (Tom) Pick in Clarksburg,West Virginia, it was the open space of the West Tom loved and to which he committed his career and family life. Beloved son, father, husband, brother, uncle, friend and colleague, Tom's loyalty, quick wit, gentle confidence and extensive knowledge made him a friend to all and sought-after natural resource advisor. A true Renaissance man, Tom was a hunter, fisherman, gardener, chef, woodworker, writer, artist, swing dancer, adventurer, comfortable in either a tuxedo or Carhartts, lover of literature and the simple beauty and honesty of the wild.
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Tom served his country in the Vietnam era, as an Agricultural Advisor on a Reconstruction Team in Iraq from 2009-2011, and with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service over a 35-year distinguished career in several western states.
Consistent with his quiet humility, there will be no formal service, but friends and family are invited to gather Saturday, Jan. 23 from 1-3 p.m. in The Baxter Hotel Main Ballroom to share and preserve stories from the many facets of his rich life. Tom is survived by his wife Kathleen Williams, his two sons, Calen and Sander Pick and their mother Jessie Close, his mother Emma Lou Petitgirard, siblings Cindy, Jeff and Mike, and a broad extended family. In recognition of his dedication to youth and habitat, in lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Tom Pick Fund at Gallatin Valley Pheasants Forever, P.O. Box 4220, Bozeman, MT 59772. Share your photos and stories about Tom at www.inmemoryofthomaspick.com. Thank you, Tom, for the blessing of having you in our lives.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Jan. 20 to Jan. 21, 2016