Apr 15, 2012 - StaffFormer Pavillion resident, Larry C. Pickett, 70, died Monday, March 26, 2012, at his home in Centralia, Wash. He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer March 2.
Larry Cecil Pickett was born Sept. 21, 1941, in Oxford, Neb., the son of Cecil and Violet Pickett. He grew up in Pavillion, the second of five children. He attended a small country school where he rode his horse, Babe, to school.
Following his high school graduation, he entered the U.S. Air Force at McConnell AFB, Kan., in June 1960, where he served as a small arms instructor and drillmaster until his honorable discharge as a Staff Sergeant in June 1968.
He then joined his brother Vaughn at the Lucky Mc uranium mine in the Gas Hills until May 1973, when he relocated to Centralia, Wash.
His career continued in mining at Washington Irrigation and Development Company, where he held various positions in the coal mining operation, culminating as one of two dragline operators until his retirement in January 2007.
After retirement, he did part-time jobs and indulged his passion of farming twice each year when he returned to work with his family at Campbell Livestock, located in Missouri Valley, between Riverton and Shoshoni.
His family said Mr. Pickett enjoyed family gatherings, Sunday night games of Sequence, fixing things and morning coffee with friends both in Washington and at the Trailhead in Riverton, Western movies, the news and his cats.
Mr. Pickett is survived by his mother, Violet Pickett, Riverton; partner of 32 years, Virginia Pickett of Centralia, Wash.; children Carrie Sieler and husband Kevin of Federal Way, Wash., Theresa Thomas, Jeffrey Pickett, and Angela "Elmer" Goode and husband J.T., all of Centralia, Wash.; siblings Vaughn Pickett of Riverton, Edd Pickett of Shoshoni, Steve Pickett of Casper and Sherry Pantle of Encampment; grandchildren Nikki Hill Stephens and Amanda Sieler both of Tacoma, Wash., Jace Thomas, Levi Pickett, Shelby Thomas and Evan Thomas, all of Centralia, Wash., and Megan Pickett of Elma, Wash.; great-grandson, Shane Hill of Tacoma, Wash.; his cats Porky, Cecil and Ginger; other family members and friends.
Memorials in his name may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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