Buzz was born in Great Falls on Oct. 3, 1951, to John and Beverly (Krause) Tomaskie. He grew up in Helena across from Spring Meadow Lake at the Tomaskie farm. He graduated from Helena High in 1970. In 1972 Buzz graduated from the Helena Vo-Tech with an associate’s degree in electronics and machine shop.
In 1992 he discovered his life’s passion, scuba diving. Buzz became a master scuba instructor and had numerous students; he enjoyed teaching and sharing his experiences with them. He really enjoyed traveling the world scuba diving with his wife Kathy and friends. Over the years Buzz dove 998 times; just two shy of his 1,000 dive goal. With the help from his friends, Buzz was very thankful for his final dive in October of this year. Buzz belonged to Lewis & Clark Search and Rescue, Montana State Dive Association, the Helena Scuba Club and was a member of the Cory-Dullum VFW Post 10,010.
Buzz had a contagious belly laugh that filled the entire room. Family and friends will forever feel his absence.
Memorials may be sent to St. Peter’s Hospice and/or St. Peter’s Cancer Research Center, 2475 Broadway, Helena, MT.59601; or to Lewis & Clark Search and Rescue, P .0. Box 473, Helena, MT 59624.
As of this writing, The Bozeman Daily Chronicle has no fewer than 21 tributes to Buzz posted online. Click the link to read more about Buzz’s life and some of the wonderful words folks have to say about him (click on “guest book).