Adam Thomas Pelatt

December 30, 1977


July 20, 2019

Adam Thomas Pelatt

December 30, 1977


July 20, 2019

Adam Thomas Pelatt, age 41, passed away on July 20, 2019, in Billings. Adam was born on Dec. 30, 1977, in Billings — the beginning of an amazing life full of empathy, love, godliness, thoughtfulness, laughter and generosity that touched many people across the globe through his friendships both old and new, his work and his numerous generous anonymous donations to life-changing charities. He loved God and was devoted to following Him, heart and soul.

Adam was always a theatrical child who loved being with people and making friends with everyone he met. He had a deep passion for people that lasted throughout his life. His smile and heart radiated empathy. He was deeply bonded with his cousins and their families and never missed a 4th of July with them at Nana and Papa’s cabin in Red Lodge. He loved being in plays and musicals at school and at local theaters and singing in the Community Youth Chorale and Canticle Choir and the University of Puget Sound Choir. He also sang as the cantor at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. He graduated from Billings Central Catholic high school in 1996 and went on to graduate from the University of Puget Sound in 2000 with a degree in Communications Studies — something he always had an uncanny knack for. He was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity and had many fond and funny memories from his time there.

He went on to work for a period of time at ADP and later for Intuitive Surgical for 11 years as a surgeon trainer on the DaVinci robot. He was greatly admired and respected in the hospitals in which he worked and formed many friendships that he cherished. He was instrumental in advancing the robotics programs and training many skilled surgeons, giving patients access to far more advanced treatments with shorter recovery times. Adam recently began working at Edward Jones Investments and had been very much looking forward to his career there.

Adam was so community-minded and was willing to put in the time and work to make a difference. Adam served on the board of South Lane County Fire & Rescue from 2012 to 2015 and served as a much-loved city councilor in Creswell, Oregon, from 2013 to 2015. After George and Evelyn were born, most of his free time went to fulfilling his lifelong dream of being a dad. He played with them endlessly and read to them every night before bed. He loved his family without reserve and with his whole heart. He once said that when he died he wanted people to say of him that he loved his wife — and he did that so well. He was an amazing husband, father, son, brother, cousin, nephew, grandson and friend.

He is survived by his 4-year-old children, George and Evelyn, and his wife, Jessica. He is also survived by his parents, Lorie and Tom; his brother Brian and Kristine, Adele, Teresa and Margaret; his sister Jennifer and Michael, Alison, and Emma; and his grandmother Elda Schuman. He had a loving bond with Jessica’s parents, Chris and Rahnella Adsit, as well as her brothers David and Jonathon and sister Mary and her husband Joshua. He had many aunts and uncles and cousins on both sides and enjoyed them all.

A vigil will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 28, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave. The funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July 29, at St. Patrick Co-Cathedral, 215 N. 31st St., with reception at the Elk’s Club to follow.

In lieu of flowers, any donations can made to accounts set up for his children at Beartooth Bank  (4130 King Ave. W., Billings, MT 59106) or to Reboot Recovery ( He will be missed more than we have words to say and your prayers are much appreciated.

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21 thoughts on “Adam Thomas Pelatt”

  1. Becky and Mike Kobos

    My heart aches for you. Your family is in our prayers. May your memories of your wonderful son linger like a sweet fragrance. Love prayers from Mike and Becky Kobos and our family 🙏🏼

  2. Pat and Ellie Connelly

    So very sorry for your loss. We cannot imagine your pain. Praying that remembering the Hope we have as members in the Body of Christ will bring you peace and comfort. Pat and Ellie Connelly, Sun City, AZ

  3. Tom, Lorie, and all of the family, I am so sad to hear this heartbreaking news. Adam was such a fine and giving young man. Peace to all of you

  4. I am so sorry for the loss of your son Adam. May God bless you and provide healing and comfort to you and your family. Will pray for you 🙏💐🕊️

  5. Kathie and Steve Shandera

    We are heartbroken for you all. We are holding you in God’s light in thought and prayer.

  6. Coral and Don Creek

    We are so very sorry for your loss . Know that we are praying for all of you, and for Heaven’s newest angel.

  7. Nick and Linda Cladis

    Tom, Lorie and family,
    We are so very sorry for your loss of your a great son, Adam. Words cannot express our deepest sympathy.
    May the good Lord, your family and friends give you some comfort. This breaks our heart for you.

  8. Jessica, Evelyn & George. My heart is so sad & will be for a long time. When I am in Billings next, I will come see you, as I always do. Know that you are loved. “Aunt” Glenda Bell

  9. Perry Scheidecker and Carla Balsam

    To Tom, Lorie, and family. It is hard to convey feelings and thoughts of your loss you have just experienced to provide some comfort to you and your family. The memories of his accomplishments will live forever in the minds of all who Adam came in touch with. Our thoughts and prayers to all in your family.

  10. Tom and Lorie, so sorry to read of the passing of your son. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  11. Denise Douglas (Turley/Gilfeather formerly)

    Tom, Lorie and families,
    You’re in my thoughts and prayers. My your faith in God guide you all through the pain and grief. My heart breaks for you all.

  12. Tom & Lori, I am so very sorry for your loss of Adam. I`ll keep y`all in my prayers. He was always a bright and joyful light in the world.

  13. Adam, I enjoyed our chats immensely and am sorry we never got to meet in person. Jessica, Evelyn & George. You’re in my prayers always.

  14. I am completely devastated. Adam and I attended UPS together—sang and performed opera together, and spent late evenings working out at the gym before settling in to study. He was my bro and I was his sis-he sang in my wedding choir…so many beautiful memories of his gracious and lovely soul…I just have to believe that God needed him especially to watch over us. I am holding your family so close and sending all of my love and strength during this horrific time. May God bless you and keep you all in His arms.
    Amanda DeLacy (Jessup)

  15. Our hearts go out to all of you, dear Jessica and Chris and Rahnella. We ache for you.
    All I can think to say is may the peace of Christ sustain you.
    With much love,
    (For all the Gunns)

  16. Linda Warner and Richard Zettervall

    Jessica, Evelyn and George ~ we are so sorry and shocked to hear of Adam’s passing. May the good Lord hold you and the kids in his hands and comfort you and take care of you. Always know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Richard Zettervall, Linda Warner, Jeff Warner.

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