Larry William Wyatt, 68, of Belgrade, formerly of Sweet, Idaho, and Lewistown, Mont., passed away Saturday, June 18, 2011, in Bozeman.
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Larry was born July 20, 1942, in San Luis Obispo, Calif., to Francis and Myrtle Wyatt. He grew up in Salinas and Paso Robles, Calif., where he graduated high school. He then attended trade school for agriculture. He served five and a half years in the U.S. Army Reserves.
He married Sandy Thixton, and the couple had two children, Daina and Ty. The couple were later divorced.
Larry worked on a number of large ranches in southern Oregon. He also ran a welding and irrigation and feed companies in Klamath Falls and Lakeview, Ore., before moving to Evanston, Wyo., to work for AMOCO Construction.
It was in Evanston that he met Bonnie Lee Ranck Chadwick, and the two were married Oct. 8, 1983, in Elko, Nev. They moved to Alaska when Larry got a job at the Juneau Pipeline, and later moved to Cut Bank for a wheat farming position. In 1990, the couple moved to Bozeman, where Larry worked at the CA Ranch for Buck and Marsha Anderson, running the "Frances" until 1996. He then worked for AquaTech in Belgrade and lived in Gallatin Gateway, where he also sat on the fire board for the volunteer fire department. He worked for Concrete Accessories before moving to Lewistown, where he helped to establish Central Montana Irrigation.
Five years ago, following Bonnie's death, Larry moved back to Bozeman to work at Montana Structural Concrete. In 2007, he retired and moved to Sweet, Idaho, to be with his daughter, Daina, and her family, before recently moving back to Montana.
Larry enjoyed agriculture and loved ranching and farming. He especially enjoyed hunting mule deer, and could often be found riding his Jeep in the mountains, looking for wild game. He dedicated a number of volunteer hours to the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks organization as a hunter safety instructor.
Survivors include his children, Daina (Robert) Middleton of Sweet, Idaho, and Ty Wyatt of Philomath, Ore.; stepchildren, Janie (Michael) Stephens, James (Chris) Chadwick and Jeffery Chadwick, all of Belgrade; grandchildren, Brett, Mesa and Kenyon Middleton, Paige, Blake (Nikki Tucker) and Thayne Stephens; Treasura Chadwick, and Mellissa Chadwick; great-grandchildren, Kaydence Stephens and Landon Chadwick; sister, Deb (David) McFadden and nephew, Peter McFadden, both of Medford, Ore.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at Dahl Funeral Chapel in Bozeman.
Memorials in Larry's name may be made to the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Organization Foundation. Donations may be made online at: http://www.mfwpfoundation.org/how-to-give/make-a-donation/.
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 June 22, 2011