VALGENTI -- Frank Valgenti III passed Thursday, July 12, 2007 from cancer complications.
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Born July 21, 1940, Frank was a unique and wonderful man who was born to give selflessly and lived to fish relentlessly. His passion for people -- and for fish -- radiated from within and created the very fabric of the man we all loved.
Originally born in Madison, New Jersey, Frank ended his days in Madison County, Montana. After coming to Montana every year to fish since he was nine, Frank moved for good in 1963. Frank graduated from Villanova University and then went on to get his Masters in Business from the University of Montana. He then went to work for Montana Power in Billings for 10 years, where he was also active in Montana's National Guard and the Jaycees.
Frank moved to Bozeman in 1974 and served his friends and clients with his own Blue Cross/AFLAC health insurance firm that serviced Southwest Montana for over 35 years.
Frank first started fishing at the age of five and was the first man in history to capture a "Grand Slam" on a fishing fly in the Florida Keys (a tarpon, a bonefish, and a permit). He was admired from friends close and far for his passion for fly-fishing, and his friends joked that he routed his business to follow his favorite rivers.
Frank was lauded in Sports & Field Magazine as one of fly-fishing's greats and was a co-founder of the original Madison/Gallatin Chapter of Trout Unlimited with Bud Lilly, and Dick McGuire. Frank was also very active in Ducks Unlimited for many years.
In 1988 Frank met the love of his life, Madeline and her son Yarrow. For the 19 years since, they learned much from each other's diverse backgrounds, and shared plentiful love and laughter.
When asked in his final moments to leave us with some special words, he said "I was honest and loyal. I lead a good life with good friends. To my friends - I love you all. Thank you."
He is survived by his wife Madeline Valgenti, his step-son Yarrow Kraner, his "grand-dog" Madison, his brother Victor Valgenti and wife MaryAnne, nieces and nephews, and preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Catherine Valgenti.
The Vigil will take place Sunday, July 15 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Bozeman, Mont. at 7 p.m. and the funeral will take place Monday, July 16 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Bozeman, Mont. at 11 a.m. Private internment. Services in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel of Bozeman.
Dahl Funeral Chapel
300 Highland Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from July 13 to July 15, 2007