GREAT FALLS —Tom Coffman, 57, of Great Falls, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at his home.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church followed by interment at Highland Cemetery and a reception at the church. Schnider Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Tom was born January 7, 1959 in Choteau to Willis and Sharon Coffman. While he was still very young, the family moved to Great Falls and eventually into the house that he and DeeAnn took over and raised their family in. He graduated from CMR and attended college in Bozeman, Missoula and finally, Havre, where he and DeeAnn met. They were married in August of 1983 and after 6 years were blessed with their first child, Kristen. Four years later, another blessing in the form of a son, Casey, completed their family. Tom considered his family to be his biggest blessing and enjoyed showing both of his children and somewhat reluctant wife, his love of the outdoors including golfing, fishing, hunting, archery and camping. He was happiest either outdoors or in the kitchen cooking for anyone who would appreciate it.
Tom started working at a young age, but finally started his career with Thomas, Dean, and Hoskins Engineering in 1992 where he made many new friends. Because of his love for having a good time and generous nature he was instrumental in planning an annual company golf day that created many memories and stories to tell.
Tom was very social and found people to visit with as he attended many sporting events at CMR, tailgating with the Great Falls Bobcat boosters, and various Boy Scout events. Tom was active with Great Falls Troop 4 and a longstanding member of the Lewis and Clark District Camping Committee.
He was loved by many and survived by his wife, DeeAnn; daughter Kristen (Jess) Rago of Billings; son Casey of Bozeman; parents Willis and Sharon Coffman of Red Lodge; sister Linda (Arnie) Knight of Billings; and brother Don, whose home is wherever his RV is parked. He was also loved by many extended family members too numerous to mention.
He was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Wallace and Jeanette Maxwell and paternal grandparents, Elmer and Stella Coffman.
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