Treat had been a U.S. Forest Service officer for 15 years, according to the Flathead Beacon. A statement from Treat's wife, Somer, was read at his memorial service. "I was so lucky to be his sidekick for all the years we have had, just as everyone he came in contact with feels lucky too," Somer Treat wrote, via the Flathead Beacon. "He changed lives. He was not just liked, he was loved. He was not just respected, he was admired. He was not just average, he was exceptional."