Douglas A. Picotte, 67, died April 18, 2014 at his home in Fort Mohave, Ariz., of natural causes. He was formerly of Lansford.
Doug was born May 23, 1946, the only child of Adrian and Helen (Overby) Picotte, in Fargo. Throughout his younger years, he resided in several places before finally settling in Carpio. He graduated from Bishop Ryan High School in Minot in 1965. He then entered the Air Force and served for 3 1/2 years.
On April 23, 1966, Doug was united in marriage to the love of his life, Janice Nett. Together they had three beautiful children, Melissa in 1967, Angela in 1969 and Wade in 1976.
Doug furthered his education at North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton with a degree in heating and cooling. He owned and operated Dakota Heating in Grand Forks. After 10 years in Grand Forks, he moved his family to Lansford, where he owned and operated Midwest Heating. He expanded his business to gas and propane in the later years. He sold the business and fully retired in 2011.
Together they purchased a house in Fort Mohave, Ariz., where they nested during the winter months. Doug and his wife loved playing video poker at the Colorado Belle in Laughlin. He would call his girls after losing some money and tell them “Just lost some of your inheritance, hope you don’t mind!”
Doug was a former member of the American Legion, Knights of Columbus, St. John’s Catholic Church in Lansford, Lansford Country Club, and Lansford Gun Club. He served on the Lansford City Council for 16 years.
Doug was an avid watcher of “The Young and the Restless.” Victor Newman was his idol. He also enjoyed spending the summers fishing at Deepwater Bay with his wife, family and “the best son-in-laws.” Doug was voted Grand Pubba for many summers. He also received other awards that can’t be mentioned.
He especially loved deer hunting with his hunting party. He always looked forward to his yearly deer hunts with daughter, Angie. Most recently, he enjoyed trading on the stock market and feeding “roadie” the road runner and watching Dale Earnhardt Jr. race.
His grandchildren, Josh, Travis, Meghan and Houston were the light of his life. He would always get heat from them for not taking grandma fishing enough. The grandkids loved going to their house for caramel rolls and monster cookies. He loved watching them grow into fine adults. He also enjoyed watching them play basketball and volleyball. His motto for the sporting events was “Get After It.” In September of 2013 another pride and joy was born, his great-grandson Kasen Johnston.
Doug lived his life to the fullest, he touched the lives of many and will be missed by all. His motto was always “It’s five o’clock somewhere.”
Doug is survived by: his wife of 48 years, Jan; children, Melissa (Jeff) Johnston, Minot, Angela (Pat) Lavachek, Glenburn, and Wade Picotte, Minot; grandchildren, Josh (fiancee ErinWhitson) Johnston, Travis Johnston, Meghan Lavachek, Houston Lavachek; great-grandchild, Kasen Johnston; sister-in-law and brothers-in-law, Greg and Myrna Bartsch, Brian and Linda Adams, Rod and Mick Nett, Sharon and Steve Olson, aunts, Joyce Rogers and Audrey Picotte; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Doug was preceded in death by his parents, Adrian and Helen Picotte, and in-laws, Paul and Eileen Nett.
Mass of Christian Burial: Saturday, April 26, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Minot.
Burial: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Visitation: Today, April 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot, and from 4 to 5 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Minot.
Vigil prayer service: Friday at 5 p.m. at the church.
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