Lloyd C. Pickett

Jul 1, 2014 Staff

Lloyd C. Pickett died Monday, June 23, 2014, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He was 83 years old.

A memorial service will be Thursday, July 19, at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Lloyd Charles Pickett was born June 27, 1930, in Edison, Neb., the son of Mark and Roberta Pickett. At the age of 3, his family moved to a homestead near Riverton.

He graduated from Morton High School and went on to college, receiving a bachelor's degree in agronomy in 1954, a master's degree in plant pathology in 1957, and a doctorate in adult education in 1963, all from the University of Wyoming.

He served as an officer in the U.S. Army in Germany from 1955 to 1956.

On June 1, 1963, he married Catherine (Kay) Weilep in Gilmanton, Wis., leaving the next day for Kabul, Afghanistan, as a member of a UW team assigned to develop a College of Agriculture at Kabul University.

His children, Rachel and Steven, were born during the six years he spent in Kabul.

After returning from Afghanistan, he worked in the Montana State University Cooperative Extension Program, serving as supervisor of American Indian programs until 1976.

He and his family then moved to Tanzania for six years as part of a USAID effort to improve agricultural schools throughout the country.

His family said they had many wonderful adventures touring African game parks and traveling throughout Europe.

The family then returned to Bozeman, Mont., where he started a home repair/remodeling business.

He and his wife moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho, in 1997 after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. His family said he lovingly cared for her for 12 years until her death.

They said he was a man of integrity, intellect and achievement. He was extremely hard-working and productive, but also kind and loving, giving his time and skills to many causes. Besides crossing things off his "to-do" list, he liked traveling and keeping up with current events and the stock market.

He is survived by his children, Rachel (Kevin) Poor of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Steven Pickett of Boise, Idaho; grandchildren Jesse Poor of Bellingham, Wash., Erin Poor of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Olivia and Sienna Pickett of Boise, Idaho; and sister Shirley (Bob) Green of Rock Springs.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mark and Roberta, and his wife, Kay.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O Box 8462, Chicago, IL 60680-8462.

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