September 5, 1954 ~ July 16, 2023 (age 68) 68 Years Old


Brian Jon Pickett made his final Irish goodbye on July 16, 2023. He was born with perfect teeth and perfect feet in Highland Park, Michigan in 1954, and raised in Waterford, Michigan. As an adult he had the strength of 10 men, the eyes of a hawk, and the reflexes of a cat. He served four years in the U.S. Navy without ever setting foot on a boat, yet sent coconuts home to family. He parlayed his skills as a radio technician into broadcasting, and then to information technology, serving as a vocational education teacher at the Mecosta-Osceola Intermediate School District, and later as its Director of Technology. In retirement at his home in Michigamme, he was a tree farmer; avid outdoorsman; and a loyal and active member of the Baraga County Democrats and the Superiorland Woodturning Club.

He is survived by his daughters, Heather (Jason Schneider) Pickett and Pearl Pickett; brother, Dale (Ronda) Pickett; sisters, Mary Kay Thompson, Anita (Steve) Schmansky, Karin (Dave) Hopcroft, April (Warren) Simon and Lu Olivich; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was a doting great-uncle. Brian was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Jean (Fleming) Pickett and John “Jack” Pickett.

Ever the wallflower, he has requested there be no service. He was generous to a fault and committed to evolving in pursuit of social progress. His memory can be honored through gifts to Habitat for Humanity, Feeding America, and United Negro College Fund. You may also honor his memory by killing a local squirrel.

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