Dean Raymond Stout, of Belgrade, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011. Dean was born Nov. 25, 1937, in Missoula to Virgil and Leona (Hines) Stout along with his identical twin brother Donald Lloyd Stout.
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Dean was raised in Arrow Creek, Mont., and attended Stanford High School. He was a proud member of the 1955 State Class C basketball championship team. After high school, he served in the United States Air Force in Texas.
Dean married Darlene Stephens in 1959 and out of this union their child Doug was born. The couple later divorced.
Dean moved to Bozeman in 1969 and worked for Peavey Grain Elevators in Bozeman. In 1975 he started his own grain elevator business in Belgrade called Independent Grain, from which he acquired many life-long friends. He owned and operated the business until 1991. He then worked for Karst Stage and Gallatin Field Airport as a delivery specialist.
Dean met Pam Matzinger at a dance hall in Windham, Mont., and the couple later married on July 5, 1975, in Bozeman.
Dean was an accomplished hunter and fisherman and loved to eat trout every chance he got. He loved attending his grandchildren's sporting and musical events. Dean was a very lucky man, he enjoyed going to Jackpot, Nev., and coming home with winnings.
Most of all, Dean will be remembered for his unprecedented work ethic. Dean was also a phenomenal listener. People were very apt to open up to him because it was obvious that he really cared about what they were saying.
Dean was preceded in death by his parents; his son, DeWayne; daughter-in-law, Debbie Stout; brothers, Donald and Keith; and sister, Katherine.
Survivors include his wife, Pam; son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Julie Stout; stepsons, Keith Nelsen, Doug Nelsen and Nick (Shawn) Nelsen, all of Belgrade; grandchildren, Alex (Megan) Stout of Bozeman, Whitney Nelsen of Bozeman, Leslie (Zeb) Miller of Four Corners, Corey Beley of Belgrade and Laura Stout of Belgrade; and great-grandchildren Wyatt, Halle and Julien.
A visitation will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Dahl Funeral Chapel. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Belgrade Community Church, 119 S. Broadway in Belgrade, with interment to follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to Rocky Mountain Hospice. Memorials may be made in Dean's name to Rocky Mountain Hospice, 301 Edelweiss Drive, Suites 5 & 6, Bozeman, MT 59718.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com.
Dahl Funeral Chapel
300 Highland Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Dec. 11, 2011