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Randy Michael Pugh

Born in Helena, raised in Great Falls, Randy Michael Pugh, a true Montana native, said goodbye to this world and hello to the next with his wife and family at his side and surrounded by love. He met the love of his life, Sarah, in high school and after several years apart, they reunited. He was lucky enough to spend over 25 years with her by his side. His ski companion and boat copilot, their best days were spent outdoors, even better if it was on the lake or on the mountain.

He earned his first degree in Business Administration at MSU in Bozeman, all whilst skiing 100 plus days at Bridger Bowl each season. After leaving Montana for a year, he came to his senses and returned to Helena where he earned what he always called his "real degree" in accounting from Carroll College. He worked for the Federal Reserve, Ninth District, as a senior examiner for over twenty years. He was a mentor, colleague, and friend to both the Helena and Minneapolis branches.

Randy was an absolutely amazing skier. Whether at Big Sky or in the Canadian Rockies, no one could deny his extraordinary talent. Besides skiing, his pastimes included ridding the world of unnecessary varmints and cleaning up the forest at Flathead Lake. To say he had great pride in keeping his world neat and organized is an understatement. That same pride flowed over into his family. He enjoyed spending time with his nieces (Dinara, Emma & Jessica) and nephews (Jake, Dion & Keegan). Whether it was boating on Flathead Lake or skiing at Big Sky, Randy went out of his way to ensure they had fun and was always a gracious host. While boating on Flathead Lake, he was known as "Captain Randy" and spent hours on the boat pulling the kids around and never seemed to tire of their constant calls of "Faster, Captain Randy! Faster!"

Until we meet again...

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Published in Great Falls Tribune from Jan. 22 to Jan. 26, 2021.
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February 3, 2021
I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you Sarah and Tina.
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Sarah Page
January 31, 2021
Randy was a wonderful co-worker and colleague and will be deeply missed by all of us at the Federal Reserve. Randy worked hard and always had a kind word of encouragement for others. I was fortunate to have dinner with Randy multiple times when I visited Helena, including when he was so gracious to invite me to his home. Randy made all of us feel welcome and special. An example to us all. Sarah, so sorry for your loss.
Niel Willardson
January 30, 2021
I was so taken by your energy & “all in” attitude about life when you &I & Sarah & my sister, Sarah spent time talking at the 20 year reunion. I remember it often. I can’t help but remember the epic party at your house in HS. Although it went completely sideways, it was way too much fun. Thank you, Randy for your kindness and I send love to Sarah and Tina.
Molly Macfadden
January 30, 2021
I worked with Randy years ago. He was such great person to work with, his knowledge base had no end and a polite energetic guy!! I then had the fortune to buy a Toyota pick up from. the truck was in pristine condition!! no surprise!! In fact you couldn't take it for a test drive if it was raining out. So funny. Best truck ever and we still have it in the family. We had the privilege a little later to meet Sarah at Saunders Jewelry. Can't help but love Sarah!! Our deepest sympathy goes out to you Sarah and family. Love to you. Esther and Paul Fantry, Helena.
Esther Fantry
January 26, 2021
Where would I start, I would have bet you'd be the guy to out live us all. Thanks for all of the wonderful memories, kicking my tail at Big Sky, riding bikes in Idaho, and the really great fabulous road trips. Our sincere thoughts and prayers to Sarah and your Family in this time. I miss you already, until we meet again.
Terry Harlan
January 25, 2021
Thank you Randy for your encouragement to stick to it, as it relates to the greatest thing to do on Earth. Forty-seven years ago, then my classmate in GF, you saw me taking ski lessons at Showdown. Already being an avid, well-skilled skier already at age 12 or 13, you saw me getting frustrated from the grief I was getting from some of my other school classmates. You quipped, "Ignore the teasing, because we all start somewhere. And they ain't that good anyway!" I was a quick study and was actually racing gates by my third weekend at Showdown. And it's been all downhill ever since...LOL! I ski hard and am pretty damn good at it too...Thanks to you Randy!
As it turns out, this world is small. Thirty years ago on a construction jobsite in Laughlin, NV, I bumped into Frank Tuss. Both of us being from GF, it turns out we had quite a few things in common, including skiing and knowing you, among other things. Over the years, he and I have managed to make countless ski trips to Tahoe, northern NV and Utah. I have skied the same areas in MT, ID, CO and UT as you and he did back in the day.
You were kind to me that day forty-seven years ago at Showdown, which changed my life and made skiing my absolute favorite winter sport to do. I thank you and my thoughts are with you and your family.
Kraig Kuglin
January 25, 2021
So sorry for your loss Sarah. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Connie Moe
January 24, 2021
Go fast and fly high, steep bumps on long boards, until we meet again Randy!
Joel Jewett
January 24, 2021
"What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us." -Helen Keller
January 24, 2021
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