Tad Michael Martin “Mookie” died peacefully in his sleep on October 3, 2020, in Great Falls, Montana at the age of 41.
Tad was born on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 1978, in Great Falls, Montana. He attended grade school in Havre, Montana. He attended Riverview, North Middle School, and CMR High School in Great Falls before graduating from Simms High School in 1997.
After graduating, Tad worked concessions for the fair which led him to move to Billings, Montana where he worked as a prep cook at Olive Garden, finding his love and skill for cooking.
Tad returned to Great Falls, where he started working at Jaker’s off and on over the years, starting as a prep cook, moving to chef. He also worked in Alaska, installing cable, working in the Bakken oil fields and doing construction.
In 2005, he joined the Montana Air National Guard, and worked in the jet propulsion shop for his 6 years until 2011. In between deployments to Iraq, and Korea with the Montana Air National Guard, he worked for his Aunt Shelley and Uncle Terry at Budget Game Processing in Belgrade, who encouraged him to pursue his goals.
A celebration of life is scheduled at 3:00 p.m. Saturday ,October 10, 2020, at the Black Eagle Community Center. To read the complete obituary and share condolences, visit the Schnider Funeral Home website.