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Tal Hoyt Michael

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CUT BANK - Tal Hoyt Michael, 21, of Browning, a cowboy and a rancher, died Friday of injuries sustained in a vehicle accident west of Cut Bank.
A rosary is Tuesday at Glacier Homes Community Center in Browning. Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Little Flower Parish in Browning, with burial at the Michaels' ranch on the Two Medicine River. Hi-Line Funeral Home of Cut Bank is handling arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Rhonda and Vincent Michael; a brother, Beau Michael; a sister-in-law, Susie, and his nephew, Rhett; his grandparents, Bill and Lorraine Rumney; aunts Billie Brewster and Diddo Cut Finger; and an uncle, Dick Mountain Chief. Also included are Dutch, Ann, Jimi, and Megan Lunak; and, Scotty, Roxie, J.C., Chanel (Bird) Augare, and boys.
Tal, known as "Brother" by his friends and family, was born July 17, 1985, in Browning, to Vincent and Rhonda Hoyt Michael. He graduated from Browning High School in May 2004.
He attended University of Montana-Western in Dillon from 2004 to 2006, where he studied equine management and competed for the Dillon college rodeo team under Iola Else.
He was a member of United Indian Rodeo Association, Professional Cowboy's Rodeo Association, Northern Rodeo Association and National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. Tal was a true cowboy, who was ever-present to help neighbors brand, wean, ship, round up, cut studs, wean colts, and sort bucking horses. He was a local rodeo stock contractor and excelled as a rodeo pick-up man.
Tal worked with his parents on their family ranch and at the time of his death was working for his grandparents, Bill and Lorraine, on the Rumney Ranch. His dream was to become a rodeo stock contractor and cow buyer. Tal enjoyed golfing, team roping, and being with his many close friends and cousins, but mostly he loved to pick up bucking horses.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather Ronald Hoyt and grandmother Florine Madplume. He will be greatly missed by his large "family" of rodeo and ranch people.
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Oct. 30, 2006
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