On June 10, 2014 Tom Pomranky, 80, of Bozeman, Mont. left for that great green golf course in the sky. Tom was born Oct. 1, 1933, in Newton, Kan. to Donald and Dorothy Pomranky. His parents, sister, Beverly and brother, Jerry, preceded him in death.
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Tom was the true epitome of the 1960s golf pro, always properly attired and behaving in a very gentlemanly manner. He played on the PGA tour and became the head pro of the Tropicana Club in Las Vegas. He was a quiet but fierce competitor on the golf course, truly believing in the honest ethics of the game and never, ever giving a putt! Tom thoroughly enjoyed his many games with his many golfing buddies from California, Idaho and Montana. While in Las Vegas he told amazing, hilarious stories about chauffeuring the Rat Pack around that budding new burg. He addressed women who were friends as "Hon" and meant it as a compliment.
Tom was integral in the establishment of the Half Moon Bay Ocean Colony community in California and The Vintage Club in Indian Wells, California, with his construction and development business. He was a well-respected businessman in the construction industry.
Thirty years ago in California he met his love, Carolyn. They have shared many wonderful years of happiness and fabulous adventures together. Tom was an avid and crazy fisherman when not golfing! Special fishing trips on Henry's Lake in Fremont County, Idaho, were a summer highlight. Tom absolutely loved horse races and watched them almost daily while his beloved dogs lounged on his lap.
Tom will be remembered as a decent, kind, very generous and extremely thoughtful friend. His special smile will be missed every day.
In lieu of flowers please donate to the
– Tom especially honored the Veterans and animals. A celebration of life for Tom will be held in July at Black Bull Golf Club.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on June 15, 2014