BRIDGER — Howard Trygve "Tryg" Forsythe went peacefully to be with his Lord on March 18, 2012, after a bout with cancer.
He was born in Billings on July 12, 1941, to Howard P. and Margaret Forsythe. He grew up in Big Timber, Harlowton, and Paradise Valley, outside of Livingston. Tryg attended two country schools, Otter Creek School and Deep Creek School, and attended high school in Livingston. He graduated from Park County High School in 1959. Tryg attended Montana Tech in Butte, and graduated in 1966 with the first degree offered in Geophysical Engineering.
He married the love of his life, Nancy Trescothick, on Sept. 14, 1963, in Butte. They had two children, Craig and Pamela. Tryg worked for several oil companies during his 30 year career: Sun Ray DX, Sun Oil Co., Forest Oil Co., and Ocean Energy, and did consulting for other companies. He was involved in oil exploration during his career and made many lasting relationships during this time. He lived in Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana and, of course, the state where he wanted to retire — Montana. He retired in 2000 and moved back to Montana.
Always very active in church in all the communities where he lived, Tryg had a strong faith. In 2002 he decided to go into the ministry, and became the pastor of the Bridger and Fromberg United Methodist Churches. He became very involved in these two communities and loved and appreciated the people of the Clarks Fork Valley. He was very caring and giving and always there when needed.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy; his son Craig and wife Shannon and grandchildren, Tyler, Logan and Bren, all of Portland, Texas; his daughter Pamela and her son Hayden of Bridger; his mother, Margaret Forsythe of Bridger; his sister Sharon Ellis and husband Don of Billings; brother-in-law Don Trescothick and wife Berta of Butte; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins, as well as many friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Howard Forsythe.
Tryg was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather, and loved spending time with his children and grandchildren as much as possible. While living in Texas, he was the scoutmaster for Troop 20 and enjoyed camping trips with his son, Craig, and other boys in the troop. He enjoyed gardening, planting trees, woodturning and fishing. In his early years, he enjoyed hunting with his father and many friends in Paradise Valley. He wanted to return to Montana and bring his grandson Hayden from Louisiana to fish the clear streams of Montana.
He was active in the Clarks Fork Valley Lions Club and helped with many projects over the past few years.
A special thank you to all the staff at Frontier Cancer Center and Beartooth Billings Clinic Hospice for their care and help during this difficult time.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, 2012, at the Bridger High School Gym. Interment will follow in the Bridger Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bridger United Methodist Church Building Fund, the Fromberg Church or the charity of your choice.
Smith-Olcott Funeral Chapel of Red Lodge is assisting with arrangements.