Linn William McCarley, 61, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, in Anchorage.
He was born on Feb. 15, 1952, in Salem, Ore., the son of Clifford Leon "Corky" McCarley and Judith Faye (Sanford) McCarley. Second of five boys, he was first on the scene that day about 20 minutes ahead of his fraternal twin, Leonard.
Linn's family moved to Polson, Mont., in 1955. He attended Polson High School. In addition to his academic achievements, he was Pirate No. 86, offensive end when on Nov. 8, 1969, the Butte Maroons finally ended Polson's 13 game winning streak in the State Class A Championship Football Game. Linn transferred to Ronan High School during his senior year, played football there as a Chief and graduated in 1970.
Linn was an expert carpenter and took great pride and care in his work. He built many houses around the Flathead and in Alaska. Linn relocated to North Pole in 1998 where he found work with University RediMix, mostly driving concrete mixer trucks. He was known on the radio as "Eighty-six." Linn was an avid outdoorsman and loved shooting and fishing and enjoyed riding his Harley.
Linn was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Jack.
There will be a private ceremony held with family. It was Linn's wish to have his ashes scattered among his parents ashes in the Swan Range of the Rocky Mountains in Montana.
He is survived by his sons, Leonard, of Bozeman, Mont.; Arnie, of Clinton, Mont.; and brothers Leon, of North Pole; Leonard, of Polson, Mont.; and Clifford, of Gilbert, Ariz.; as well as his cousins, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends.
Linn was a lot like the houses he built; level, plumb and square. He was a wonderful father, brother and friend and will be sorely missed by all who loved him.
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