John Martin Sivertsen

Born: Mon., May 29, 1944
Died: Sun., Apr. 28, 2019

Celebration of Life

2:00 PM Sun., Jun. 02, 2019
Location: Choteau Pavilion

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John Martin Sivertsen, 74, passed away on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at Teton Medical Center, Choteau, MT, due to complications from COPD.
The oldest of four children, John was born on May 29, 1944 in Chicago IL to Eddie and Elizabeth Sivertsen. During the summer of 1951, the family moved to San Diego. Later, they moved to Pomona, and then to Santa Paula where John graduated high school in 1962. John’s interest in computers landed him a job at Point Mugu Naval Air Station, which led to another job at Vandenberg AFB in their Missile Systems computer room. In 1973 he moved with his wife and children from Lompoc, CA to the Flathead Valley.  A place he would call home for the next 44 years. John worked at the Flathead County Courthouse in the computer department, then was hired at Plum Creek Timber in Columbia Falls as a computer operator. After 28 years, he retired from Plum Creek in 2005. In 2017, John moved to Choteau MT to be closer to his daughters Julianna and Mamie.
He was known for his sarcastic sense of humor and generosity. When it came to music, John was all about the blues. He enjoyed tinkering on his Corvette and Firehawk Trans AM. John was a motorsports/racing fan, whether it was Indycar, Nascar, Formula 1, motorcycle, or boat racing. His favorite though, was NHRA Drag Racing. Over the years he frequented Moose’s Saloon, where he was affectionately known as “The Mayor”.  John was good friends with the late Moose Miller and his family and staff.
He was preceded in death by his parents Eddie and Elizabeth, his brother Edward Karsten, and his sister Carol.
John is survived by his son Joseph (Shena) Sivertsen of West Chicago IL, daughters Julianna (Craig) Parsons of Conrad MT, Mamie (Nick Thompson) Sivertsen of Choteau MT, sister Jeanette Robinson of Ojai CA, and aunt Marge Goslin of Turlock CA, as well as seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and three nieces.
A celebration of life will be held at the Choteau Pavilion at 2pm on Sunday, June 2, 2019.
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Jeff McAtee
   Posted Sun May 19, 2019
You are a good friend "Smokem up John." Loved our hundreds of hr of shooting the sh!t. I'm in your "spot" eating a pie drinking a beer as we speak my friend. Love you like a brother. Gods speed my friend. See you soon.

Theresa Sobolik
   Posted Sun May 26, 2019
You taught me everything there is to know about the AS400. When I first started at Plum Creek you could sense my fear of you and took advantage of it. As the years passed and we became friends you just rolled your eyes and laughed at me a lot. I always knew where you stood on things. You will be missed my friend.

   Posted Fri May 31, 2019
I am very sorry for your loss. It is difficult to find the right words to express during a time of grief. But I hope and pray that your family can find comfort in the promise that God will surely remember our loved ones that have passed and promises a remarkable hope for them and us. (John 5:28, 29)

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