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TODAYOBITUARIES In Memory Patrick “Pete” Flanagan, 69, passed away at his home in Fort Benton, MT, on December 27, 2011, after a long battle with cancer. Pat was born December 30, 1941 in Forsyth, Montana to Pat and Edna Flanagan. He grew up on a farm with two older sisters, Patricia (Trick) Groombridge and Margaret (Muzz) Noctor. He was a first generation Irishman who embraced his heritage, including a trip to his father’s homestead in Ireland. Pat graduated from Forsyth High School as an outstanding athlete and forever friend. He went to school at NMC and EMC on athletic scholarships and graduated with a History/Coaching degree. His first job took him to Willow Creek, where he met and married Walleyne Murphy on December 27, 1966. Together the Flanagans taught and coached at Willow Creek, Hysham, Stanford and Fort Benton where they made their home. After getting his Master’s degree at MSU, Pat touched the lives of many as a school counselor and psychologist. He especially enjoyed the company of his teaching colleagues and later his students and players as friends. Pat was a wellloved teacher, coach, counselor and friend. 22 FEBRUARY 2012 After retirement in 1992, Pete went to work as a crop insurance adjuster for AgroNational. He loved his job and the people with whom he worked. He made many lasting friendships and was a highly respected adjuster. Pat learned the skills needed to adjust both crop-hail and MPCI claims, later becoming a valued claims supervisor based on his leadership abilities. “His commitment and passion for teaching, mentoring and helping people will be long remembered by those he touched,” said Kim Gibson, Agro Branch Manager and Vice President, NAU Country. “Pat was a great example of ‘you get what you give’ and he gave us all so much; he will be greatly missed.” Pat became very active in NCIS regional/state committee functions in 1997 and served as Chairman of the Montana Regional/State Committee in 2004-2005. He always devoted time and effort for these committee activities and felt that by working with the industry as a whole we were all better served than putting yourself or individual company ahead of the industry. “Pat demonstrated time and again that he was very committed to seeing that the Montana Committee remains viable and strong,” said Dean Strasser, NCIS and staff liaison to the Montana Regional/State Committee. “He placed a high value on attendance at the Committee’s regularly scheduled meetings and loss adjuster schools. Hardly a meeting went by that his name was not mentioned because he volunteered to take on a task or report on an issue.” Pat, an avid sports fan, was a lifelong Dodger supporter. He and his son were on a quest to visit ballparks and scored eight. He enjoyed skiing, fishing and hunting and bagged a 6 by 7 bull on opening day this fall. Pat was a wonderful “builder;” building a home, a cabin, a redwood canoe, a gazebo and a lifetime of memories and friendships. Time spent with his children Casey, Bridget, grandchildren Killian 16, Will 14, Connor 10 and many friends were deeply cherished and will be greatly missed. Friendship, loyalty, laughter and love were the gifts Pat gave and continues to give. As his best buddy Connor said, “He had a good run.” A Celebration of Life was held December 30, 2011 on Pat’s 70th birthday. The family suggests gifts to local charities: Chouteau County Cancer Support Group, PO Box 674; The Dedman Foundation, PO Box 1282; or, ICC Restoration, PO Box 849, all of Fort Benton Montana 59442.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Crop Insurance Today February 2012

Isn't there an App for that?
Explaining the Costs of the Crop Insurance Program
NCIS Awards Two Scholarships
2012 Spring Update Conference
Commitee Sees Research First Hand
Trade Talk 2011
Retirements: Ben Latham and Steve Hams
In Memory of Patrick Flanagan
In Memory of Marx M. Mannberger
Step 5-Testing the Current Farm: Will the current farm be feasible in the future?
2011 Premiums: State Rankings
Insurable Crops: Locations & Plans

Crop Insurance Today February 2012