Thomas ‘Scotty’ Hinman

May 3, 1939 – April 25, 2013

Thomas ‘Scotty’ Hinman, 73, of Basin, died Thursday, April 25, 2013, at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings.

Scotty was born in Billings on May 3, 1939, to George and Genevieve Whaley Hinman. Scotty grew up in Shell on the family farm and resided in the Big Horn Basin all of his life.

Thomas ‘Scotty’ Hinman
Thomas ‘Scotty’ Hinman

On Oct. 11, 1963, Scotty married Karen Ann Michaels of Basin. Together, the couple raised three children, Lori, Alan and Connie. Scotty worked hard to be the best he could at every endeavor in his personal life as well as his career. His time was deeply invested in his family as a husband, father, grandfather and uncle. Scotty’s favorite vacation destination was the Big Horn Mountains, where he loved to fish and hunt as well as just relax with his family. One of his favorite activities with family and friends was a good game of cards.

Scotty believed in giving back to his community. He spent many years as a fireman and an EMT, and he was an original member of the South Big Horn County Search and Rescue. He also served on three school boards and was most recently a Big Horn County Commissioner.

Scotty retired after 31 years with the Big Horn REA where he worked as a journeyman lineman, a line foreman and master electrician. His favorite part of the job was meeting with people. He had a quick wit and was always ready with a story and a smile for everyone.

Scotty is survived by his wife, Karen, of Basin; his daughter Connie (Todd) Werbelow of Emblem and grandkids Ben and Kelsie Anson; his daughter Lori (Greg) Dorr of Jamestown, N.D; his son Alan (Cheryl) Hinman; step-granddaughters Katie and Lindsey Graham, of Lyman; his sister Nancy (Rick) Vonburg of Torrington; his sister-in-law Dorothy (Johnny) Gibler of Basin; his brother-in-law Bob (Sharon) Michaels of Worland; as well as countless other family members and friends.

Memorial services were held on Monday, April 29, at the First Baptist Church in Basin, with Pastor Tim Trippel officiating. A private family burial was held at Whaley Cemetery in Shell.

Memorials in Scotty’s name will be received at Big Horn Federal Savings Bank, P.O. Box 471, Greybull, WY 82426-0471 with proceeds to benefit the Big Horn County Library.

Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc. assisted the family with arrangements.


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