Thomas Keith Plovanic

03/28/1951 - 09/08/2022


Obituary For Thomas Keith Plovanic

Thomas Keith Plovanic, 71, of Las Vegas Nevada, died unexpectedly on Thursday September 8th, 2022, in Bakersfield, California. He was born on March 28th, 1951, in Lewistown, Montana, to Richard and Helyn Plovanic. He attended his primary school years in Lewistown, Montana, and graduated from Fergus County High School. He then attended College at Lewis-Clark State, in Lewiston, Idaho, and The University of Idaho, in Moscow Idaho, where he studied English and Psychology. After college, he worked various jobs, including delivery, Sales, warehouse work, and truck driving, before becoming a Union Ironworker in the 80’s, and later, a Senior Project Manager until his time of death. He managed many projects in his construction career, including helping rebuild after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, constructing the largest Gold and Copper Mine project in the world in the Gobi Desert of Southern Mongolia, and Constructing a Copper Mine and Processing Plant in the Andes Mountains of South America, Copiapo, Chile, just to name a few.

Tom loved the outdoors, camping, hunting, and fishing with his son, and had an intense love of music and collecting guitars. In 1966, when he was just 15 years old, Tom, his brother Jerry, and two other friends formed a band called “The Mystics,” and later, another band called “Foggy Notions,” where he played lead guitar. They played Sock hops every weekend at the Eagles Lodge or Civic Center in Montana. There was never a weekend they didn’t pack the place.

Tom moved to Lewiston, Idaho, and later married and had two children, Tracey and Brian. He made many friends throughout his life and will always be remembered for his signature dance moves, and his great sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by all who came to know him and will never be forgotten.

Tom is survived by his two children, Tracey (Scot) and Brian (Veronica), three grandchildren, Jessica (William), Zackery (Jenn), and Alisha (Martin). He also is survived by four step-grandchildren, Clairyssa, Raymond, Justin, and Nikoli, all from California, Juliana Ho of Canada, and Nieces, Jody and Shannon Plovanic of Montana.

He was preceded in death by his Father, Richard, in 1988; Mother, Helyn in 2009, two brothers, Jim in 1965, Jerry, in 2015, and, Great nephew, Taylor in 2006.

A Memorial Service will be held for Tom, on Saturday, October 8th, at 11:00 AM, at Fremont Chapel of the Roses, 1940 Peralta Blvd., Fremont, CA. 94536.


8 Oct

Memorial Service

11:00 AM

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  • 09/29/2023

  • 09/29/2023

    I worked with him at the Kern County oil refinery. He was one hell of a boss. God Bless✝️

  • 10/06/2022

    Dad, I can't believe you are gone. It doesn't seem real. I keep wanting to wake up, and think this was all a bad dream. If I would have known that the last time I saw you, would have been the last, I would have hugged you a little tighter, and a little longer. I am happy you are no longer in pain. Thank you for all the laughs and good times. I will never say goodbye. I love you always and forever. Love, Tracey

  • 10/05/2022

    Uncle Tommy, I will miss your crazy sense of humor. The smile you put on people's faces from your jokes. Your unlimited amount of knowledge about the Plovanic family. Mostly, I will miss your stories from when you 3 boys drove poor Grandma whacky!! I do have comfort knowing that the 3 Plovanic brothers are back together and have both Grandma and Grandpa there to keep and eye on you three. Love always and forever, Shannon

  • 09/30/2022

    Tom, I will surely miss you. I will miss our family dinners and your crazy antics. You made me laugh every time I was around you. Your sense of humor was a little crazy and that's why I loved it so. The smile you put on our faces will never be the same. I remember one Thanksgiving dinner we had at my house we laughed for hours and so hard that my stomach hurt the next day. Thank you for all you did for our families and for allowing me to be part of it. Love you, Scot


  • 5 TREES

    Scot L. Johnson planted 5 trees in memory of Thomas Keith Plovanic . - September 30, 2022

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