Jeffrey Spackman, 47, of Three Forks passed away at his home on Oct. 8, 2007, surrounded by his loving family. Throughout his trials, Jeff developed a firm faith in the Lord and never complained or lost his wonderful sense of humor.
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Jeff was born on March 22, 1960, in Butte to Frank and Kathryn (Carmody) Spackman. He was raised in Pipestone on the family ranch that he loved. Jeff graduated from Whitehall High School in 1978. He earned a degree in photography from Powell Community College in Wyoming.
Jeff returned to Whitehall to ranch with his father and brother and later managed his grandfather's ranch in Cardwell for a short time before beginning a career as a heavy equipment operator at the Golden Sunlight Mine.
Jeff married the love of his life, Renee Mayer, on Sept. 22, 1990, at the family ranch in Pipestone. They built their life together in Three Forks. Jeff and Renee adopted their son, Nathan, on Oct. 15, 1994, fulfilling his dream of being a husband and a father.
Jeff has touched many lives with his service to his community. He was one of the founding fathers of the Lion's Club in Three Forks, served as a city council member and was the project manager for the first Habitat for Humanity house built in Three Forks.
He loved being involved in Nathan's activities, as is evidence by his coaching tee-ball, volunteering for many class activities and field trips and helping children learn to read in the America Reads Program at the Three Forks Elementary School. Jeff had a great love of the outdoors. He loved to fish, hike and camp and tried to instill in his son the beauty of Montana's gifts.
He was preceded in death by his father, grandparents and many uncles.
Jeff is survived by his wife, Renee, and son, Nathan of Three Forks; daughter, Colleen and Fredd Delost of California; son, Daniel and Amy Mayer of New York; and grandchildren, Christian and Grace Delost, and Haley and Michael Mayer, all of whom he adored; his mother, Kay and Monty Duncan of Butte; sisters and brother, Darla and Ric Palmer of Bickleton, Wash., Susan and John Breining of Butte, Tim Spackman of Three Forks, Kimberly and Kelly Hayes of Shelby, Jill and Mark Allen of Whitehall. Also surviving are his nieces and nephews who were very special to him: Jamie and Rob Cothren, Brin and Borhan Palmer-Hosseini, Kara and Kelsey Hawke, Josie Breining, Katie and Angel Spackman, Tiffany, Zachary and Brennan Hayes, Derek, Daryn and Dayne Allen and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, Jeff would appreciate donations to a special fund that has been established at First Security Bank in Three Forks for a future Habitat for Humanity projects in Three Forks or to the Cancer Treatment Center at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Three Forks High School gymnasium, with the Rev. David Ford and Father Tom Haffey officiating.
K&L Mortuaries of Three Forks is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Oct. 11, 2007