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Thomas Patrick Nyquist

July 10, 1948 ~ July 28, 2019

Visitation: August 29, 2019 4:30 P.M. to 6:30 P.M.
   Location: Story Mill Community Park, Shane Lalani Pavilion
Service: August 30, 2019 10:00 A.M.
   Location: Resurrection University Parish

Thomas Patrick Nyquist passed away on July 28, 2019, just after his 71st birthday. Tom died in Longmont,Colorado where he and his wife had been living for the past 5 years. He had a very aggressive cancer and fought for his life with every means he could. He died surrounded by the family and friends he loved so much.

Tom was born to Kenneth and Kathleen (Nacey) Nyquist in Williston, North Dakota, July 10, 1948. He grew up on the family farm/ranch in Froid, Montana. He often spoke of milking cows at 5 am, riding horses, the 4H animals he had raised, and the weather. He graduated from Froid High School in 1966, and started college at MSU in Bozeman. Tom served honorably in the United States Army in Vietnam, then returned to college, and graduated in Business and Economics from the U of M in Missoula with a BA and a BS in Business Administration in 1973.

In 1972 Tom married Virginia (Gini) Bradford of Bozeman on June 23, 1972 at Soldiers Chapel in Gallatin Canyon. They celebrated their 47th anniversary in Mexico weeks before his passing. Tom and Gini had three children and 10 wonderful grandchildren, Krisha (Troy) Pohl, (Sam, Rowan, Shyanne, Savannah, Garin, Gavin); Cori (Brent) Ludwig, (Norah, Arianne, Asher); Bradford (Shayna) Nyquist (Emelia).

They lived nearly all their lives in Bozeman, where Tom was involved in the Bozeman Breakfast Optimists, Garagarama, Knights of Columbus in Bozeman and in Colorado, MSU sports booster, MSU Capstone Project supporter, learned the finer points of jazz dance, knew the words to all the cheers, was a Hawk booster, shared dozens of school activities with the kids and their friends ,taught hunters safety, and enjoyed being outdoors with the family. Weekends found him at Hebgen Lake fishing, pulling water skiers and tube rodeos behind his Lund boat. He learned to snowboard and water ski, dragged Christmas trees from the forest (only one uphill), took the family on vacations to Disney World and Disneyland, the Utah desert, Mexico, Canada, Washington DC, the Mojave Desert, and the Black Hills, to name a few. He loved fishing for Rainbow trout and browns, walleye, salmon, bass, tuna and every other fish on earth from Alaska, Montana, North Dakota, Idaho, and California to Texas and Florida, and the waters of Mexico. Tom hunted elk and deer throughout Montana with family and friends, with a collection of antlers to show for it, and delighted in shooting gophers in the fields and crows in the backyard. Tom built an airplane in the garage and flew it all around the Bozeman area. He loved to walk the hills around Bozeman and was always ready for a drive on the backroads spotting animals.

He walked miles on the trails around town, usually with his little buddy, Sydney. He was a great pool player, playing in pool leagues and against his favorite family opponents. For him, nothing could beat a good game of cribbage, bridge or pinochle, but he especially enjoyed keeping the family tradition going by teaching all the grandkids to play cribbage.

Tom always loved the ocean, so at nearly 60 years old he learned to scuba dive, and it became his favorite sport! This opened a whole new world for him and Gini, and they traveled to beaches everywhere. They went to Mexico, the Caribbean, Fiji Paradise, the cold shores of Washington, the kelp beds in San Diego with Bradford, Tobago, Bon Aire. They swam with whale sharks, Bradford caught a 16-pound lobster, LIVE!!! He saw a giant octopus and he did night dives with sharks. Tom enjoyed traveling, and returned to see Vietnam, changed a flat tire on the autobahn, went on a Disney cruise, went to Super Bowl 25, visited every national park he drove close to, camped, and relished the freedom of a road trip, always looking for the road less traveled. He visited Niagara Falls, the Bay of Fundy, saw the sandhill crane migration, photographed the Smokey Mountains and made photo books of his grandchildren playing sports.

Tom enjoyed being with people. It has been said that he could walk into a room of 500 strangers, and within an hour everyone would know his name, and he would know theirs. His answer to everyone was always yes, and he made people feel good about themselves. There was always room at his table and in his heart for a new friend, regardless of age. Tom will be remembered, and he will be missed.

In addition to his children and grandchildren, Tom is survived by his brother, Paul (Mary) Patera (Heather, Seth); sister, Peg (Don) Moore (Kate, Matt, Mark, Monica, Brianna), who visited often and prayed with Tom and sister, Mary Alyce Nyquist, (Paul). Tom always felt that his life had been blessed when he became part of the Bradford family, Alice and Earl, Bob (Julie) Bradford (Steven, Nate), Jim (Mary) Bradford (Gail), and Sari (Steve) Young,(Kelly, Emma Lee, Rozi, Bryce); cousins, aunts and uncles, and numerous nieces and nephews and their children, and by his large family and many cousins in northeastern Montana.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Ken and Kathleen Nyquist; brother, John; parents-in-law, Earl and Alice Bradford, brother-in-law, Steve Young; and many dear family and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be Friday, August 30, 2019 at 10:00 A.M., at Resurrection Parish, 1725 South 11th, Bozeman.

Family visitation will be Thursday, August 29, at the Story Mill Community Park, Shane Lalani Pavilion, 600 Bridger Drive from 4:30 - 6:30 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, tax-deductible donations can be directed and made payable to: MSU Foundation, Attn: M & IE Capstone Account #91752, PO Box 172750 Bozeman, MT 59717.  An enclosed note should reference that account name and number to make sure it gets properly applied.

 

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