Thomas Harmon Mandigo

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Thomas Harmon Mandigo, age 75, of Mandan, N.D. died in his home December 4, 2018.

Tom was born in Bismarck, N.D. as the youngest of the five children of Milton and Dagmar Mandigo. Tom grew up in the Waubun, Minn. and Braddock and Flasher, N.D. areas, graduating from Flasher High School in 1961. He enjoyed sharing stories with his grandchildren about growing up in small farming communities. One of Tom’s favorite anecdotes was “Yes, we had running water. We had to run and go get it!”

Tom attended Dickson State College and earned a Bachelor of Science in Instrumental and Vocal Music in 1965. He went on to teach vocal and instrumental music in grades K-12 in Montana (Fairview, Forsyth, Big Timber, Geraldine, Great Falls), North Dakota (New England, Belfield, Beulah, Garrison), and Hill City, S.D. He worked with students of all ages to encourage their interest in band and choir, and Tom took pride in training them to be excellent musicians. Tom dedicated many evenings to directing pep bands at basketball games and other school events, and many weekends to coaching his students at music festivals and competitions. Tom’s primary instrument was the trumpet, and he played taps for numerous military funerals.

Tom liked sports cars and driving around the United States. His favorite car was a 1980s Pontiac Firebird that he drove for nearly 300,000 miles before the car helped him survive being struck at high-speed by a drunk driver.

Tom’s interest in driving took him all across America and Canada as a long-haul commercial truck driver. He also drove school buses and tour buses for many athletic teams and organizations around North Dakota. He would often attend the games to listen to the pep bands and to visit with parents of the players.

Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held in Bismarck on April 4, 2019 at the Bismarck Eagles Club from 4-6 pm, followed by interment in Glendive on April 6. The family grave-side service will be followed by a brunch in the fellowship hall of the United Methodist Church in Glendive starting at 11:45 a.m.

Tom is survived by his son, Glen Mandigo, and his wife and two children; his sisters Jennie Lang, Lynn Gutensohn, and Audrey Wiley-Rust; and his sisterin-law, Margie Mandigo.

Tom is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Paul Mandigo.

Memorial contributions in honor of Tom Mandigo can be directed to the school music program in Geraldine. Mont.. Please mail donations to Geraldine Schools, PO Box 347, Geraldine, MT 59446 with “Music Program” in the memo field.