Byron "Pete" Dunbar (1927 - 2007)

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Byron "Pete" Dunbar, 79, passed away Saturday, April 21, 2007, at his home in Billings. He was born June 8, 1927, in Three Forks, the son of Byron and Marg "Georgette" (Walsh) Dunbar.
In 1944 Pete joined the Merchant Marines and was honorably discharged in 1947.
On Dec. 23, 1948, he was united in marriage to Margaret "Margie" Lovelace in Billings.
He received a law degree from The University of Montana in 1952. His career in the FBI took them to Washington, D.C., Dallas, St. Louis, Clinton, Okla., and New York City. They returned to Montana in 1966, and Pete worked in Glasgow until 1970 and then moved to Bozeman. He retired from the FBI in 1979.
Pete served as assistant Gallatin County attorney and in 1980 was appointed by President Reagan as U.S. Attorney, District of Montana, and moved to Billings where he held that position until 1990. Pete was admitted to the bar of state and federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Pete enjoyed spending time with his family, especially following his children's and grandchildren's sporting events. He was the Booster president of the MSU Bobcats. Pete enjoyed reading, traveling with his wife, and had a special love of the sea. He liked doing ranch chores at the family's ranch near Three Forks.
Pete was a member of the Elks Club, Catholic church, Montana Law Enforcement Academy, Montana Bar Association, Society of Former FBI Agents, American Society for Industrial Security, and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Pete is survived by his wife, Margie of Billings; children, Lynn (Doug) Ryerson of Great Falls, Lisa (Matt) Smith of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., Mike (Kristie) Dunbar of Lake Havasu, Ariz., and Patrick (Shelly) Dunbar of Folsom, Calif.; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; sister, Lorna McCormick of Bozeman.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. June 8 at Headwaters State Park in Three Forks. A reception will follow.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1-800-252-5470.
Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral & Cremation Service of Billings.
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Apr. 25, 2007
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