Francis R. Pickett, age 91 and a native of Colorado Springs, passed away April 22, 2012 in Longmont, Colorado. He was a retired junior high school teacher, beloved husband and father.
Francis was born on September 4, 1920 in Colorado Springs, Colorado to Walter and Dora (Leighton) Pickett. He graduated from Colorado Springs High School in 1938, worked at Zenith Radio Corp. in Chicago, Illinois in 1941 and 1942, and served his country in the United States Coast Guard from 1942 to 1946. He received a BS and MA degree from Colorado State College of Education in Greeley, Colorado. Francis drove a tour car up Pikes Peak to help pay for his college education. He worked as a teacher in School District #11. From 1950 to his retirement in 1974, he mostly taught Industrial Arts at South Junior, where he also attended as a student. He married Louise Lowry in Colorado Springs on August 28, 1953. In 2010, due to health reasons they chose to move to Longmont, Colorado to be closer to his family.
Francis was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church and the Odds and Ends Sunday School Class. He was Past President and member of the Pikes Peak Chapter of the Model “A” Ford Club of America, a member of the Model “A” Ford Restorers Club, and a member of Colorado Springs Model “A” Car Club. Francis restored a 1930 Model “A” Coupe in his 60’s, a 1930 “AA” Dump Truck in his 70’s, and a 1965 Mustang in his 80’s. They were his pride and joy.
He built a family cabin in the 1970’s in Howard, Colorado. And in the 1980’s and 90’s Francis and Louise enjoyed spending the winters in Mesa, Arizona as “snowbirds.” He was also a member of Masonic Lodge #104, a member of Colorado Consistory Scottish Rite in Denver, and a 32nd degree member of High Twelve Club #513.
He is survived by his wife, Louise; his daughters: Nancy (Rob) Mount of Longmont, Colorado, and Linda (Joe) Hoy of Edwards, Colorado; his grandchildren: Dillon and Garrett Mount, Carolyn (Rex) Keep of Edwards, Colorado, Bob (Iveta) Knox of Prague, Czech Republic; and his great-grandchildren: Chase and Taylor Keep, and Kiana, Tyler, and Stella Knox.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at the First United Methodist Church, Lehmberg Chapel, 420 North Nevada Avenue. Private inurnment will be at Shrine of Remembrance Mausoleum, Columbarium of Roses.
Memorials in Francis’ name may be made to Family Hospice Foundation, 1790 30th Street, #308, Boulder, Colorado 80301.