Orville W. McCarver (Mac), a long-time Bozeman resident and recently a resident of Three Forks, died Monday, Dec. 24, 2007, in Bozeman.
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Mac, 82, was born Feb. 4, 1925, to Joshua Byron McCarver and Viola (Hughes) McCarver in McRae, Ark. He grew up in Arkansas. He served in the U.S. Navy from June 16, 1943, to Dec. 10, 1945, as a gunner's mate in the Armed Guard.
Upon his return from the Navy, he attended college in Arkansas and Colorado before earning a bachelor's degree from the University of Montana and a master's from Montana State College.
He was a county extension agent in Flathead County and in 1957 joined Montana State University as the state horticultural specialist in Bozeman. He spent many years working with the Montana Potato Improvement Association, helping to develop and promote the seed potato industry in Montana. He retired in 1986 and operated a horticulture consulting business after that.
Mac was married Dec. 11, 1956, to his beloved Helen Jean McGlaughlin. They were together until her death in June 1998. He married Kerin Kemmerer June 17, 2003, and moved to Three Forks where he lived until his death.
Mac was very devoted to his family and friends. He was always there for them and will be cherished by those who called him a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, son or friend.
Mac was an avid gardener and treasured the time he was able to spend tending his soil and plants. He also loved teaching horticulture. He could discuss gardening, soil amendments or pruning shrubs at length. His summers were spent inspecting potato fields and judging horticulture displays at county fairs all around Montana.
Orville will be remembered as a quick-witted conversationalist, always ready with a joke or story, and always eager to sample any pie that was offered him.
He enjoyed travel and spent much of his time after retirement touring throughout the United States. He volunteered his time with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program and was very active in the Gallatin Growers Garden Club.
Mac was an active member of the United Methodist Church both in Bozeman and Three Forks. He was an active member in the Masonic Community including Bozeman Lodge #18, the York Rite bodies, Acacia White Shrine, Lily of the Valley Eastern Star #4 and Ross C. Jensen Chapter Order of DeMolay.
Orville is survived by his wife, Kerin; his children, Melvin McCarver (Joyce), Randall McCarver (Sharon) and Bonnie McCarver; step-daughters, Theresa Adams (Rod), Penni Abbott (Ken); seven grandchildren, Erin Gray (Steven), Amanda Hanson (Brendan), Adam McCarver, Laura McCarver and Kathleen McCarver, Christina Almsted (Michael), KayLeigh Abbott; and three great-grandchildren, Caoilainn and Rowan Gray, and River Almsted.
A memorial service will be held at the Bozeman United Methodist Church at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec 31.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the charity of your choice.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Dec. 28 to Dec. 30, 2007