May 19, 1959 – Jan. 26, 2014
Thomas Welch Croft died on Jan. 26, 2014, in Billings at the Billings Clinic Hospital. He was 54 years old.
Thomas Welch Croft was born on May 19, 1959, in Lovell to Edward Marchant Croft and Ora Louise Welch. Tom was the second child of six children. The family moved around a lot throughout the years because of his father’s work, and therefore made many friends along the way. Tom always had a flair for art. He loved to draw and sketch, and in his later years became quite an artist using crayons. Tom loved to make pottery and did it so well.
Tom served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Tallahassee, Fla.
Tom had an adventurous spirit. He enjoyed rock climbing, rock hunting and skiing, and took advantage of any time he could at the Croft family cabin. In the summers, it was no surprise to watch him ride his mountain bike down the Big Horn Mountain Highway. Tom’s kids thought he was invincible.
In 1980 Tom married the love of his life, Vicki Renae Lynam, and they had six wonderful children: Thomas Winfield (Kelly) of Cody, Brook Renae (Keith) Grant of Cody, Morgan Rae Croft of Billings, Madison Louise (Michael) Grandalen of Cowley, Joseph William and Eston Lynam, both of Lovell. Tom and Vicki are grandparents to Sebastian, Annaliese, Brynn, Cohen, Jace, Ashlyn, Kannon, Kayson, Bryton, Carter, Sienna, Halle and Taylor.
Tom graduated from Northwest College in Powell, where he earned an Associate’s Degree in graphic arts. Tom had a keen eye for measures and levels and loved to build and create. Tom loved music and enjoyed writing songs with his brothers. He had a strong beautiful baritone voice that the whole family enjoyed.
He is survived by his parents, Edward Marchant Croft and Louise Welch Croft; his brothers, Edward Welch Croft, Max Welch Croft and Scott Golden Croft (Kristin); his sisters, Leisha Workman (Dell) and Kathleen Croft-Jolley (Bryan), his wife, Vicki, six beautiful children, 13 grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The funeral will be held in Cowley at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints on Friday, Jan. 31, at 1 p.m. Haskell Funeral Home is in charge of the services. Burial will be in the Cowley Cemetery.