On Tuesday, May 29, 2018, Pat Allen Nees passed away peacefully at his home in Colstrip after a long battle with cancer. Pat was born on August 17, 1951 to Ama and Ehrmel Nees in Forsyth, Montana. Pat grew up in Forsyth, the youngest child in a family of four. After the loss of his father in his late teens Pat started working weekends and summers at the Owen and Vernie Johnson ranch north of Forsyth. Pat became family and this relationship colored much of his life.
After high school Pat worked at a variety of jobs around Forsyth prior to starting in Colstrip as a member of the construction team that built units 1 & 2. Pat lived in Colstrip from 1974 to his passing. He was an avid horseman and was instrumental in the forming of the Colstrip Roping Club where he spent many nights and weekends roping with friends. Pat eventually hung up his spurs for a helmet and warm clothing for snowmobiling but never lost his love of horses. Pat was also involved with the Loyal Order of the Moose, spending many hours helping others. Pat loved dancing and gardening but his greatest joy was his family.
Pat married Maxine Lehto in June 1972 and fathered two beautiful daughters, Shasta Nees and Shila Fischer. Pat and Maxine parted in 1992. In 1994 Pat reunited with his high school sweetheart Dianna Johnson. They were married in December of 1994. With the marriage Pat gained two more children Wendi Simpson of Miles City and Jason Heathman. Pat loved his family and spent countless hours with all of the children that called him Grandpa.
Pat is survived by his wife, Dianna; daughters, Shasta Nees of Moore, Shila Fischer (Darren) of Moore; son, Jason Heathman; brother, Mike Nees of Sheridan; sister, Darlene (Larry) Eichhorn of Lewistown; nine grandsons and six granddaughter; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Pat was preceded in death by his mother Ama, father Ehrmel, step-father George Crawley, daughter Wendi, sister-in-law Carol and sister Doreen. He will live on in the memory and hearts of the people who love him and all that knew him. Rest in peace Pat!