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Thomas Crosser '70

Tom was a kind man and a true friend. Born in Billings, Montana on February 7, 1948, he developed a love for all things natural, especially Granite Peak. Tom was passionate about motorcycles, skydiving, flying and playing drums! Happiest as a young boy living in Missoula where his father owned/operated the Royal Crown Cola/Nehi Bottling Plant located at historic Fort Missoula, Tom’s adventures with friends found him roaming his University area neighborhood, exploring underground tunnels on campus or building rafts in the ponds south of town. Tom moved with his family to Helena at age 10 where he continued to explore often climbing Mount Helena, spending summers on the house boat at Canyon Ferry and once again forming lasting friendships. McClellan Creek and Casey Peak were magical and still number among his favorite spots. As a teenager Tom spent summers working for the State Forester on trail crew and as a wildland firefighter.

A 1966 graduate of Helena High School, Tom attended the University of Montana for two years where he pursued his interest in Political Science. Tom became a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and ended up living in the very house he’d explored as a young boy after scaling the large brick wall around the backyard.

The Vietnam War was a defining chapter in Tom’s life. An Army Aviator, Tom flew Scout helicopters out of Di An Vietnam with the 3rd of the 17th Air Cavalry. He was wounded when his helicopter was shot down on May 30, 1970. Tom dealt with his psychological and physical wounds with grace and dignity. Tom was honored by the selection of his poem as the inscription for the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial at Missoula’s Rose Park in 1988. In 2008, Tom was able to realize his dream of returning to Vietnam to spend time with a beautiful people in a beautiful country at peace!

Tom was a true believer in the value of government and spent the majority of his career working for Montana State Government, first as a clerk with the A95 Clearinghouse, then in the Governor’s Office of Budget and Program Planning and concluding in the office of the State Auditor as Deputy for Fiscal Control & Management.

A life dream fulfilled found Tom on a trip to Nepal in 1989. He stood in the shadow of the Himalayas, awed by the beauty and warmed by the graciousness of the people. Tom climbed the 20,306 foot peak Imja Tse.

Tom was well loved by his wife Susan; his sister Jean and brotherinlaw Vick Applegate along with his extended family and dear friends.

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Core Values
Sigma Chi’s core values are Friendship, Justice and Learning. Our vision is to become the preeminent collegiate leadership development organization — aligned, focused and living our core values. Our mission is to develop values-based leaders committed to the betterment of character, campus and community.

The fundamental purpose of the Sigma Chi Fraternity is the cultivation, maintenance and promotion of the core values of Friendship, Justice and Learning.

In the pursuit of these high ideals, the Sigma Chi Fraternity is able to offer tremendous value in augmenting the collegiate experience and supporting the lifelong journey of each of its members. We hope to assist brothers in becoming men of character, caring husbands, compassionate fathers and community leaders.