Monte Wayne Parker (1939 - 2012)

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In loving memory of Monte Wayne Parker. Monte was born in Willow Creek on May 4, 1938 to Faye and Helen Parker and passed away peacefully at home on April 26, 2012. His life spanned an era of change that began with him being an independent boy to a successful, retired rancher.

Monte was born at home and delivered by Dr. Bradbury for $35. At the age of 10 Monte was herding sheep in Cedar Creek alone several days at a time. In his teens he drove herds of horses; once all alone from Ennis to Willow Creek.

Monte answered the call of duty to serve his country in the Navy at the age of 17. He was on a minesweeper that travelled through the Pacific to Hawaii and Japan. Upon returning home, he met and married his wife of 52 years Patricia Watson Parker. From 1960 to 1968 they had three sons: Skip, Wes, and Cliff.

Monte worked with his father as a mechanic in Willow Creek until they purchased the Sappington Ranch in 1968 where they operated a family cattle ranch until 2002.

Monte's life is remembered by his generosity to the community. He donated his time and equipment to haul gravel and sand for the rodeo grounds and schools as well as hay for those in need.

Monte will be remembered for his outgoing personality and his gift with a good story.

He is survived by his wife Patricia Parker, sons Skip (Sandy), Wes (Lisa), Cliff (Donna), 3 sisters Peggy Frame (Ralph), Betty Tocci, Judy Jackson (Mick), eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Memorials may be made to the Willow Creek or Three Forks Ambulance service.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Monday, April 30, at the Willow Creek Fire Hall with Rev. Roger Hill officiating. Interment will follow at the Sappington Cemetery. A dinner will conclude services again at the Willow Creek Fire Hall.

K&L Mortuaries of Three Forks is assisting with arrangements.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Apr. 30, 2012
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