[Obituary originally printed in the Townsend Star]
Patrick F. Hooks:
Patrick F. Hooks, 80, a Montana native and attorney for over 50 years, passed away on Dec. 23, 2006 from complications related to cancer.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, Dec. 30 at 11:00 AM, at Holy Cross Parish in Townsend. The Rev. Gary Reller, a longtime family friend, will officiate. A rosary service will be held at Hold Cross on Friday, Dec. 29 at 7:00 PM.
Pat was born in Bozeman on April 30, 1926, to Frank and Myrtle Hooks. He attended schools in Townsend, and entered active duty in the Naval Reserve Officers's Training Corps at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho, March 1944. He graduated from the University of Colorado with a commission as an ensign in the U.S. Navy, and served in the Pacific Theater. In 1946, his ship was involved in Operation Crossroads, and Pat witnessed the detonation of two atomic bombs off the Binkini Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
After completing his naval service, Pat returned to the University of Colorado, and earned bachelor of arts degrees in economics and political science in 1948. He then entered law school at Georgetown Law Center, Washington, D.C. and graduated with an LL.B. degree in 1951.
Pat returned to Montana, and practiced law in Helena with the firm of Loble and Picotte. Pat and his family later moved to Townsend and Pat practiced law as a solo practitioner and also with partners Jeff Sherlock and Tom Budewitz. He served two terms in the house of Representatives, representing Broadwater County in 1953 - 1957, and served as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee in 1955. He was a 50-year-plus member of the Montana Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the American Trial Lawyers Association, and the Montana Trial Lawyers Assocaition. He was also a 60-year member of the American Legion.
Pat married Mary Kieckbusch of Townsend on June 25, 1955, and they enjoyed 51 years of marriage.
Pat is survived by Mary, their daughter, Susan of Pocatello; son, Bill and daughter-in-law, Mary of Helena; their three sons, Brendan, John and Patrick; son, Michael and his wife, Maggie Lucas of Seattle; and their two children Kathleen and Brian; sister-in-law Pat Reller and her husband, Dale; sister-in-law, Marnee Kieckbusch and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandson, Conor Patrick Hooks.
Memorials are suggested to the Broadwater County Head Start Program, 503 N. Pine St. Townsend, Montana 59644, or the charity of the donor's choice.
Connor's Mortuary in Townsend is assisting the family with the funeral arrangements.