Joseph Arvin Pickett passed away on May 29, 2020 of natural causes at the age of 96 years. Joe was born on June 22, 1923 to Joseph and Alma Rhea Pickett in Midvale, Idaho. He graduated from Midvale High School in 1942 with a class of 14 students. Joe served in the US Army as a Private First Class from 1945 – 1946.
Joe was married on January 21, 1946 in Council, Idaho to the love of his life, Elsie Magdalen Yeaw. They were married for 74 years and blessed with two children, Linda and Timothy. Joe was enrolled as a Master Mason on November 24, 1948. He was a member for 71 years in the Masonic Lodge. Joe worked as a BTJ Steamfitter at the Hanford Nuclear Plant in Washington. He went on to be an employee of the Federal Prison System, having completed 20 years of service July 31, 1993 as a Construction Representative at FCI Lompoc, CA.
Joe was preceded in death by his brother Rhea, daughter Linda and granddaughter Meggin Ford. He is survived by his wife Elsie, son Tim (Sharon) Pickett, son-in-law Thomas Bailie, grandchildren Tomalin Bailie (Andrew) Wallace, Tamsyn & Zack Bailie, Sarah (Jessie) Slate, Laura (Jeffrey) Penny. Great grandchildren Madison Bailie, Oliver & Max Bailie Wallace, Lane Ford, Olivia Slate and Draven & Harper Penny.
Arrangements under the direction of Thomason Funeral Home.