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Leonard A. Motari

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A vigil service is 7 p.m. Wednes-day at O'Connor Funeral Home. His funeral is 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, with burial in Highland Cemetery.
Survivors include his two daugh-ters, Beverly J. (John) Olson of Beaverton, Ore., and Linda M. McCartney (Tom Dashner) of Great Falls; his sister, Patsy Wilson of Arizona; four grandchildren, Jana L. Koskela of Dayton, Ore., Mark W. Olson of Hillsboro, Ore., Stacee L. (Michael) Donovan of Tualatin, Ore., and Renee M. (Rob-ert) Valdez of Great Falls; 10 great-grandchildren, William Koskela, Stefanie Koskela, Kimberly Ko-skela, Madison Olson, Amanda Donovan, Sarah Donovan, Eliza-beth Donovan, Ashley McCartney, Alisa Valdez, and Abigail Valdez; five great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Leonard was born June 24, 1923, in Great Falls, to Mary Ellen and Joseph Motari. As a young man, Leonard worked for the Anaconda Co. and the CCC. Leonard also served in the Army during WWII.
Leonard married his wife of 59 years, Virginia Mae Hall, on March 7, 1946. Leonard and Virginia made a home for themselves in Great Falls where he became a Pioneer Mutual Insurance agent, serving under Bill Graham in the 1950's.
In 1962, Leonard and his family embarked on a new adventure and moved to Havre, where he and his wife lived for 45 years. After mov-ing to Havre, Leonard purchased the Hi-Line Lanes and 300 Club. He also owned and operated the Dutch Shop Cafe, the Grand Hotel, and the Pomp Room Bar. In the 1980's, he purchased Northern Tire, BuffN' Shine, and Mini Mart.
After his adventure with the above-mentioned businesses, Leonard became a Pioneer Mutual General Agent for the Havre Hi Line area, and enjoyed serving his many clients and friends.
Pioneer Mutual named Leonard "Man of the Year" 13 years in a row. He was a member of The Order of the Diadem, sat on the Pioneer Mutual Life Advisory Board, and also was a member of the Pioneer Mutual Life Board of Director's. Leonard was the first agent to have his picture on the Pioneer Mutual Life Magazine for "Outstanding Agent of the Year". He also won numerous "Top Agent" awards and accolades,
Leonard and his wife moved back to Great Falls in 2001 for health reasons. Leonard continued to sell insurance for Pioneer Mu-tual Life until his passing.
Leonard enjoyed bowling, fish-ing and attending family activities. He was a lifetime member of the Eagles, the Moose, the Elks, and the VFW. He was also a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church.
Leonard was a man who loved to be able to help people and will be remembered for his generosity and love of charity. Those who knew him well will remember his humor, his character, and his un-yielding love for his family and friends.
Leonard was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Ellen Lucker; his brothers, Lawrence and Pat Motari; his sister, Catherine Bofto; and his wife, Virginia Motari.
Memorials can be donated in honor of Leonard to the Sletten's Cancer Institute or the Benefis Heart Foundation.
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Feb. 5, 2007
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