Dr. Hal Gene Pickett
Dr. Hal Gene Pickett, devoted father, grandfather, and dentist serving the community of Boise for over 56 years, passed away on April 12th 2014. He was born on April 14th, 1926 in Oakley, Idaho to Emma and Eugene Pickett. He was the youngest of 5 brothers.
Our Dad was raised on a ranch homesteaded by his grandfather in 1888 which is still in operation today and carries the unique designation as an Idaho Century Farm. Raised during the depression and World War II, he learned the value of hard work. After graduating early from high school in 1944 he enlisted in the US Army at the age of 17. He was sent to the University of Idaho, Cornell University, and West Point for training before seeing combat in the Philippines at the end of World War II as a commissioned 2nd Lieutenant tank commander.
After discharge from active duty, he began his academic career at the University of Idaho earning a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Zoology in 1950 and 1952. He went on to the University of Oregon and earned a Doctorate of Medical Dentistry in 1956. While there he met our mother, Patricia Monson, on a blind date. He moved to Boise and opened his dental practice in the Eastman Building in September 1956. He and our mother married on January 18, 1957.
In 1965 he moved the family to the Midwest where he completed a Master's in Prosthodontics at the University of Iowa. We returned to Boise where he practiced his specialty until February 2014. In his 56+ years of practice he treated over 9500 patients. He was active in dental professional societies and in the community helped establish a free low income senior dental care program. He served with the LDS church in many capacities and belonged to the Rotary Club International. On January 19, 2013 he was featured on the front page news of the Idaho Statesman because he was still working at the age of 87! Dad was also given a proclamation by Mayor David Beiter that designated his 87th birthday as 'Dr. Hal Pickett Day' in Boise. Our father was a very unique man. His dry sense of humor, steadfast belief in education, work ethic, and patriotism will be missed now that he has gone on to what he called that "Happy Grinding (Dental) School in the Sky."
He is survived by his children, Rex Pickett of Las Vegas, Nevada; Eric Pickett of Chandler, Arizon; Clark Pickett of Seattle, Washington; Sharon Pickett and Lynda(Pickett) Lameh both of Battleground, Washington; and grandchildren Pierson Lameh, and Aiden and Brenna Pickett. He was preceded in death by his mother and father and his 4 brothers, Harold, Ross, Floyd and Ennis all of Oakley, Idaho.
In lieu of flowers please send donations in 'Memory of Dr. Hal Pickett', to Senior Solutions 3010 W. State Street Suite 120 Boise, Idaho 83703, to aid low income seniors in paying for their dental expenses.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 18, 2014 at the Cassia St. LDS Chapel, 3200 Cassia St., Boise (directly across from South Jr. High). A viewing will be held prior to the service from 10:00-10:45 a.m. Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at the Marion Cemetery in Oakley, Idaho.
Published in Idaho Statesman from Apr. 15 to Apr. 16, 2014