Thomas James DeMars

On September 7, 2016 our loving father, grandfather, husband and friend, Thomas James DeMars, 85, passed away peacefully at the CMMC Hospice House in Lewistown after a long battle with cancer.

Tom was born to Albert Joseph and Elsie (Mengler) DeMars. He was born Nov. 28, 1930 in his Grandma Mengler’s homestead cabin west of Coffee Creek. He attended grade school in Coffee Creek, graduated from Denton High School in 1948 and then studied Ag Economics at MSU Bozeman. After a yearlong courtship, Tom was united in marriage to Jacqueline Fay Quick on Oct. 2, 1951 at Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church in Denton.

In 1952, Tom and Jackie moved to a ranch east of Lewistown, and then went into the sheep business on Sage Creek south of Windham. In 1963 the family moved to Winifred and established the DeMars Ranch, where Jackie and family will continue to run Tom’s beautiful Black Angus herd. Most people will remember Tom by the horses he rode and the cattle he raised. His family, cattle and horses were his passion. Tom was involved in numerous organizations. He was a member of the Winifred School Board and was instrumental in getting a Vo-Ag program in the school, along with getting the shop built, was a County Range Director and organizer of the first Fergus County Range Days, founding leader of the Winifred Mustang Horse Club, member of RCALF, Stockgrowers Association, Fergus County Livestock Association, and the Catholic Church. In 2015 Tom was awarded the Northern Livestock Pioneer Producer of the Year Award.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers-in-law, three sisters-in-law, one niece and one nephew.

Tom is survived by his wife, Jackie; one daughter, Denise (Don) Combs of Great Falls; five sons, Kim (Nancy), Tom (Kacey), Ken (Cindy) of Winifred, Brian of Dillon, and Joe (Jodi) of Winifred; nineteen grandchildren: Dawn Marie, Charity, Amanda, Liz, and Charles; Adam, Emily, and Daniel; Nichole and Misty; Pam and Casey; Shelby and Cameron; Samantha, Rebecca, Anthony, Johanna and Andrew; along with eighteen great-grandchildren. He is also survived by three sisters, Dolores Perrine of Lewistown, Dorothy (Lyle) Mikeson of Stanford, Andrea (Mike) Neeham of Florida; and one brother, Gene of Lewistown.   

A Vigil Service will be held at St. Leo’s Catholic Church, Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. Funeral Liturgy for Tom DeMars will be Friday, Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. at St. Leo’s Catholic Church followed by interment at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Tom will be missed, but the memories that he left behind will live forever in our hearts. The family asks that memorials be sent to CMMC Hospice House, Saint Leo’s Catholic Church or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home. Tom’s family and friends can share memories and condolences at www.creelfuneralhome.com.

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