By Tommy Bass

Image: Nate Piekielek and Tom Pick, Bridger Ridge, by T. Bass.

Tom was my first friend and outdoor companion upon my arrival to Bozeman in 2007.  He was also a colleague and mentor, and we traveled the state promoting water quality in agriculture.  I remember suffering in Tom’s skin-track as he motored up climbs like a diesel; 25 years my senior, he made me work as we hiked for turns or game in the mountains.  He was one of the most interesting and kind persons I have had the pleasure of knowing.  My wife and daughter also thought so much of Tom, especially his sincerity and interest in others.  We always enjoyed getting together for a meal or party.  My whole family will miss Tom, and we are thankful that he and Kathleen were part of welcoming us to the Bozeman community.
Tommy Bass