Gary Genty passed away on Dec. 29, 2015 after a lengthy illness. Gary was born on May 16, 1959 in Bozeman. He had many and varied passions in life. He looked forward to playing Little League baseball when he was younger and was excited when he received the phone call that he had earned a position with the Major League division.
Later on, his need-for-speed got the best of him when he got into downhill skiing and motocross racing. Those were just two of the sports in which he excelled. He managed to acquire quite a collection of trophies and honors during his racing days.
After graduating from Bozeman High School in 1977, he went to school to study pre-med at the University of Minnesota. He was a member of Delta Chi Fraternity, as an excellent student and made the dean's list numerous times. He had many fond memories of his frat house days. Gary came back to Bozeman in 1981 to attend Montana State University for a while until his illness became too much of a hindrance for him. Gary later worked a summer in Wolf Point for the Montana Highway Department and he found satisfaction working construction around the Bozeman and Big Sky area.
As an avid outdoorsman and hunter all his life, he developed a true passion for the sport. Later in life he was fortunate enough to realize one of his dreams of traveling to Alaska and got a nice Dahl sheep for his efforts. He loved his dogs, they were always his best friends. He loved taking them down to the river for walks and training them to be truly amazing bird dogs.
Gary was also an avid reader and loved older books about history and hunting.
Gary was excited to become an uncle to two nieces and even more excited to become a great-uncle to two great nephews. He looked forward to the days when he would be able to help them learn the finer points of hunting and fishing. Gary's life was never easy, but he maintained a positive attitude, which helped him make the most of his time during his life.
Gary is survived by his parents, Betty and Jerry Anderson; his sister, Gayle (Mike) Haglund; nieces, Tristan Lee (Bill & Kamden) and Tiffany Chilton (Evan & Quintin); his beloved dog, Gavin; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Ellen Christensen, and several aunts and uncles.
Gary's family would like to thank all of the doctors and nurses who took care of him through the years. He will truly be missed.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter. P.O. Box 11390 Bozeman, MT 59719.
A memorial service will be announced.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Jan. 3, 2016