Fred James Pickett born on June 17, 1937 in Rochester, Minnesota to Fred Carl Pickett and Mildred Masek. He was born the middle child, his brother Carl Pickett as the oldest and sister, Phyllis as the youngest.
He and Marleen married on April 12, 1958 and were happily married for 64 years. Together, they had four children: Sandy (Mike) Park, Greg (Keri), Mark (Debbie), Brett who passed away in 1980.
When Fred was only in the 7th grade he accompanied his dad to work as a painter. He worked as a painter for his dad’s company until about the age of 27 when he went to college to become an Architectural Draftsman.
When his children were young, Fred enjoyed taking them camping. There was time when Fred worked long hours without a day off, because of his hard work, he was able to save up enough time off to take Marleen and their young children on a month long camping/road trip. This trip created lasting memories for Fred’s children and demonstrated his devotion to his family.
Fred and Marleen moved from North Dakota to Salt Lake City, Utah in 1974 as he started a new position with Montgomery Hayes and Talbot (now, known as MHTN). He worked there for over 30 years until he retired. His hard work and dedication to his profession was evident as he was ahead of the curb in learning and excelling in CAD.
Fred enjoyed camping, carpentry, golfing and spending time with his family. Fred was a hands-on father and grandfather. He loved his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren so much.
For many years, Fred and Marleen lived a well-deserved retired life, vacationing and spending the winters in Yuma, Arizona. Every year before they would leave for Arizona, they would host a well anticipated Christmas party for their family full of gag gifts, laughs and priceless memories.
In the recent years, Fred would take daily walks to the golf course near his home and find stray golf balls. He soon had quite the collection! It became a fun hobby for his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids to accompany him on the walk to find golf balls.
Fred was a kind, gentle, loving man. He had a contagious smile and a great laugh. He worked hard, loved his family, and created a beautiful life. He will be deeply missed.
Private services for family and friends will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2022. Interment will take place at Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery in Sandy, Utah.
In lieu of flowers, the family would kindly ask donations be made in Fred’s honor to the American Alzheimer’s Association to help others in their journey.
Dear Marlene and family, so sorry to hear of Fred's passing. He was such a good and fun loving man. When we were all together it was evident what a wonderful life he had with all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
This is a very sad day knowing we have lost our good friend Fred. We will always cherish all the fun memories we've had with Fred & Marleen especially during the winter months in Yuma. Our deepest sympathy to Marleen, Sandy, Greg, Mark and families.
Sorry to hear of Fred's passing. What wonderful neighbors & friends you were. Glad our paths crossed in this lifetime. Peace and white healing light to everyone.
Just read about our old friend and will try to write through the tears.
Fred was indeed one of the best with the added bonus of a smile that lit up the room. We were neighbors in Yuma for only a few years but never forgot him. We send our condolences to Marleen and her family with our hope they will all be strong and reassure them they are not alone at this time. Love from the UK. Al & Rita
So sorry Marlene. I just lost Gary in August. My heart aches for you and I hope you have your kids with you. Sending my thoughts and prayers 🙏🏻💕
Marlene, we send you our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. We remember all the fun times with our get togethers at the park in Yuma. Playing "Catch Phrase", happy hours, and our never forget "find the beeping sound" at the Picketts with someone tearing the doorbell off the wall!!!!! What fun times we had. At this time, we hope your faith gives you strength and prayers bring you comfort. Love you,. Bruce and Doris Behnke.