Vivian D. Binando

May 13, 1939


April 20, 2021

Vivian D. Binando

May 13, 1939


April 20, 2021

Vivian D. Binando passed away at home on April 20, 2021, surrounded by her family, after courageously battling cancer and health issues for several years.

Vivian Mae Detomasi was born to John “Jack” Detomasi and Frances Zager Detomasi on May 13, 1939, on the family ranch in Roosevelt, Utah, along with her twin sister, Lilian Rae. Her parents purchased a fruit farm in Orem, Utah, where she spent her early years working with family and friends. She was an avid horsewoman, training, rodeoing, participating in queen contests, parades and horse shows. Vivian was in the first rodeo at the Brick Breeden Field House in Bozeman. She won championship belt buckles in barrel racing and pole bending at the national college rodeo. Vivian earned a rodeo scholarship to Brigham Young University, where she graduated in art and education. 

Vivian met her life partner, James “Jim” Binando, and they married on Aug. 2, 1963, in Orem, Utah. They were married for over 57 years and lived in Utah, Hawaii, Wyoming, Wisconsin and finally settled in Billings. James and Vivian had three children: Cathy, John and James “Burf.”

Vivian’s educational career saw her working with students ranging from kindergarten through college — even being a substitute in her kids’ classes. She was especially fond of the years she spent working with special needs children and their families on the Crow Reservation.

Vivian was very active in 4-H, being a project leader, organizational leader, on the Yellowstone County 4-H Council and on the State 4-H Foundation. She spent countless hours working with 4-H members and her children on their cooking, sewing, gardening and sheep projects — making sure that all got their records books done. In honor, and in memory of her, a scholarship program will be set up in her name in Carbon County.

Vivian earned a Master’s Degree in Art and excelled in anything creative. She loved to work outside, gardening and landscaping. Her work can be seen by the flowers and plants in their lovely yard and at Cathy and Weston’s house. A crack shot, she successfully led family adventures hunting for deer, antelope, elk and moose. Vivian could also turn slow fishing days into fun outings, picking chokecherries, hunting for unique rocks, or finding an elusive sensational strawberry pie. Vivian was a wonderful cook and we all enjoyed her meals — especially her clam chowder. No one was ever alone especially on holidays, as there always was room for one more. No one ever left the house hungry.

Vivian is survived by her husband of nearly 58 years, Jim; twin sister Lilian; her children, Cathy (Weston) of Darby, John (Teresa and children Matt and Joe) of Athens, Tennessee, and James (Erika) of Roberts. She also leaves behind her grandchildren, Brock, Brooke, Bailey, Burke and Blake, whom she loved and was so proud of; and special neighbor Butch Smith.

Vivian always thought of others before herself. Her humor, direct opinions, work ethic and love of her family will be greatly missed.

In honor of her request, no formal funeral is planned. The immediate family will gather to reminisce on her drive, kindness and love.

“It was a most memorable and loving journey of 57 years ending much too soon” — Jim  

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16 thoughts on “Vivian D. Binando”

  1. Bobbi and Ed Hughes

    Jim and family,

    We were so saddened to see Viv’s passing. What a wonderful, vibrant soul. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Bobbi and Ed Hughes

    1. Dear family of Vivian Binando, we have found memories of Vivian. Her strength helped us through many struggles. Our daughter Melanie is severely developmentally disabled. Vivian guided us through many struggles. we appreciated her sense of humor even when she was hurting herself. We have fond memories and appreciation for her time with us.

  2. Jim… so sorry for your loss. I remember meeting your wife at several of the BLM functions. She was always so friendly. God Bless your family…
    Jose A. Bustos

  3. I remember Vivian from years past now in 4-H with her and her family competing in the Yellowstone county fair’s in market lambs my family used to buy our market lambs from them i remember many trips to her home as well as being in the 4-H barn’s she was a wonderful lady
    I am saddened for your family

  4. I will never forget the wonderful hospitality and love we were always shown when we would come for horse sales, we were always taken good care. One time we even left with a minnie ponies Viv called her “little shit” I met a man at the sale that day that said Bolita meant little shit in his language so that is what we named her” Bolita”
    We wish you all comfort and peace at this sad time. Love you all.

  5. Marilyn R Campbell.

    Dear Jim and family… please accept my deepest sympathy and condolences on the passing of your dear Vivian.. What a wonderful lady she was… She was my son’s kindergarten teacher MANY MANY years ago AND do u remember us coming to your home to see your “bunny’s “ only to end up taking “bunny’s “ home with us? Oh my!!! Those were the “GOOD OLE DAYS….” MEMORIES!!!! I’m sure you have LOTS of them!!! Do take care and GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU.. Marilyn (Richardson) Campbell, JEFF AND MARK

  6. Jim and family,
    I just read that you lost your beloved Vivian. I am so sorry for your loss, she was such a wonderful lady with a sharp wit. Jim, you told such wonderful stories of you and Viv and family through the years and she will be greatly missed. My prayers are with you during this difficult time. Take care.
    Dee Baxter

  7. Jim and family,
    Janey and I were so sorry to learn of Vivian’s passing. Please know that you all are in our thoughts!

  8. Jim, I am so sorry for your loss of wonderful Vivian. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family with heartfelt condolences.

  9. Many fond 4-H memories with Vivian and the entire Binando family. I’m so sorry to hear of Vivian’s passing.

  10. I’m sorry to hear of Vivian’s health concerns and recent passing. She and I worked together in Billings for several years. She could always be counted on for great stories, and pride in her family. I’m sorry for your loss.

  11. Dear Jim, Cathy, John & James,

    I am truly very sadden to see Vivian had passed away. I just wanted to reach out to you and let you know however that I enjoyed reading the story of her life. It brought back many great memories when we were in 4-H together. How her obituary flows is a testament to her and also to all of you.

    God Bless her and also all of you.

    1. All our love and prayers to Vivians’ family. We have so many memories of Vivian. She was one heck of a woman who made us belly laugh! We are so sorry to hear she is gone.
      All our love,
      Pat Seder and family

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