Written by Darla Downs
Gary Patrick FitzSimmons, 60, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.
He was born Feb. 13, 1954, in Wolf Point to Gene FitzSimmons and Patricia Neutgens. He grew up and attended schools in Wolf Point and graduated from Wolf Point High School.
On Nov. 8, 1975, he married JoLynn Sokoloski in Circle. He began his career with John Deere at the early age of 16 as a service tech in Wolf Point. He went on to be parts manager for the store. In 1989, he took a position at Benchmark Equipment in Chester as parts manager and then general manager.
In 2001, Gary and JoLynn moved to Idaho Falls where he became the store manager at Madison County Implement in Rexburg, Idaho, until the time of his death.
He was a member of the Catholic Church. He loved his job at John Deere, and his employees were a very special group to him. In his younger days, he loved to take the boat out to Tiber Dam to fish and pull his three children, Jamie, Casey and Heidi, around the lake.
They spent four years following the Carroll College Saints football team, where they made many great and special friends. He spent his Sundays watching NFL games and enjoyed trips to Detroit to watch his son, Casey, play for the Detroit Lions.
He was preceded in death by his step-mother, Mona FitzSimmons; and brother, Doug FitzSimmons.
He is survived by his wife, JoLynn FitzSimmons of Idaho Falls; mother, Patricia Neutgens of The Dalles, Ore.; sons, Jamie FitzSimmons of Idaho Falls and Casey FitzSimmons of Canyon Creek; daughter, Heidi Sampson of Helena; brother, Ray FitzSimmons of White Salmon, Wash.; and five grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at noon Monday, March 3, at Saint Helena Cathedral, 530 N. Ewing Street in Helena with Father Marc Lenneman officiating. A vigil will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 2, at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Avenue in Helena.