Austin Francis (Frank) Bailey was born on November 24, 1940 in Bozeman, Montana, son of Lois and Austin (Pete) Bailey of West Yellowstone, Montana. He spent most of his boyhood in the West and moved to Bozeman where he graduated from Bozeman Sr. High.
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On August 5, 1959, he married KathaLee Harrington. They moved to Ennis, Montana until 1961 when they moved to Salt Lake City to attend trade school. Moving back to Bozeman in 1963 where he work as an auto mechanic for Robert F. Dye and J.C. Billion until opening his own auto repair shop in 1980. He retired in 2003 and split their time between Ennis, Montana and Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
He enjoyed fishing, skiing, and playing golf, and especially liked hanging out with his two grandchildren. He also spent many hours hunting with his best buddy, J.R. He was a 52 year member of the Elks and a member of Valley View Golf Club.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Kathy; son, Randy; and wife Karen Bailey; grandchildren Brianna and Ian; his daughter, Krista; son in-law, Ronald Moyes; sister, Marilyn and husband, Doug Laubach.
A memorial service will be held for friends and family on Sunday, Jan. 18th at 1:30 P.M. at the Islander Resort, 751 Beachcomber Blvd., Lake Havasu City, Arizona. There will also be a Memorial held in the spring (TBA) in Ennis, Montana.
In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to the Lake Havasu Cancer Center, 2126 McCulloch Blvd., N., Suite 7, Lake Havasu City, Arizona 86403 or Bozeman Deaconess Cancer Center, 931 Highland Blvd., Suite 3130, Bozeman, Montana 59715.
Services were placed in the care of Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home and Crematory. Thoughts and condolences may be sent to Bailey's family at www.lietz-frazefuneralhome.com
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Jan. 20, 2015