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For the Record
July 2009

Shad Brennan Marks
ST. IGNATIUS — Shad passed away the evening of July 23, 2009 from a tragic gun accident.

Shad was born on January 12, 1989 in Polson to Denise and Pat Marks.

Shad lived more in his 20 years than most live in 60 years. He loved to ride motorcycles, four-wheelers and anything that gave an adrenaline rush, but his real passion was bull riding. He had no fear for life or limb. His life motto: Live to Ride, Ride to Live.

Shad loved his dogs, as well as his friends. While growing up, Shad was an honorary member of many families. He had a tight knit circle of friends and this circle could never be broken. Although very tough, he was also very compassionate.

Shad attended school in St. Ignatius but felt that he had too much adventure to pursue. He was a well-known Mr. fix-it and a true farm kid. After leaving St. Ignatius High School, Shad pursued his GED in Spokane, Washington. He worked many different jobs and had no trouble finding new jobs when he lost interest in the old one. Some of his jobs included working as an ironworker and at a tire shop. He most recently worked as an equipment operator on a large ranch in Spokane Valley, which he truly loved.

He is survived by his mother and father, along with his sisters Jodie Marks-Dias of Seattle, Washington and Bryanna Toussaint of Carlsbad, California; brother-in-law Blake Marks-Dias; nephew Hudson Marks-Dias; his maternal grandmother Karen Cross of Missoula; Phil Hollowell of Arizona; uncles Gary and Shanna Hollowell, Rodger and Sally Hollowell, Rob and Trisha Cross, Pat and Debbie Cross, Dave and Donna Marks, Jim and Chriss Marks, and aunt Marilyn and David Dehn; and his girlfriend Krystal McCarthy.

He is preceded in death by brothers Brandon Marks and Damon Marks; uncles Jim Cross and Ed Hollowell; and cousins Dariek Dehn and Dwayne Marks.

Services were held Friday July 31, 2009 at the St. Ignatius Catholic Church.

Donations can be made to the Shad Marks Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Lake County Bank.

Hope M. Crofoot
MISSOULA — Hope Mae (Richard) Crofoot joined her Lord on July 29, 2009, in Missoula. Hope was born in Loma on October 14, 1918 to George and Louise Richard. She grew up on a wheat farm around the Loma/Big Sandy area, where she graduated from Big Sandy High School. On February 24, 1939, she married Gordyn L. Crofoot in Loma. They were the proud parents of three children, Wanda (died at birth), Sheila (Vallejo) and Steve.

For majority of their married life, they owned a wheat farm in Big Sandy. In 1961, they moved to Arlee to raise Santa Gertrudis cattle. In the 1970’s, after moving to the Bitterroot Valley, Hope participated in the Eagles Auxiliary, even enjoying a run as President. She enjoyed horses, hunting, oil painting and dancing.

Hope is preceded in death by her parents; Gordyn Crofoot; daughter, Wanda; son, Steve; two brothers and one sister.

Hope’s legacy includes daughter, Sheila (Roy) Vallejo; daughter-in-law, Dee Ann (Hogge); six grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, four great-great grandchild and was anxiously anticipating her fifth great-great grandchild.

Services were held at St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Burial was in Fort Benton.

Darian Lee Medina
BIG ARM — Darian Lee Medina, 2, was made an angel on July 29, 2009.

Darian was born on May 15, 2007 in Ronan to Farrah Lynn Hameline and Pedro Medina.

He was preceded in death by his great grandparents Felicite and Robert MadPlume, Louise Burke and Louis Caye, Sr.

Survivors include his mother and father Farrah and Pedro of Big Arm; his brothers and sisters Joseph Parizeau, Amber Parizeau, Omar Medina, Sophia Medina and Hannah Medina; his grandparents Marcia and Dwayne Fisher of Big Arm and the Medina family of California and Mexico.

A wake was held at the Elmo Cultural Home; services were held the Elmo Cultural Hall and the burial followed in the Dayton Cemetery.

Michael Allen Blood
ST. IGNATIUS — Michael Allen Blood, 37, resident of St. Ignatius, passed away at Community Hospital in Missoula on July 23, 2009.

He was born to Bill and Joanne Blood of St. Ignatius on July 16, 1972. He attended Mission High School graduating in 1992 and then enlisted in the Army in 1993 and served for three years in Texas. He was recently employed at Rod’s Harvest Foods in which he had made many friends. Michael’s personal interests were hunting, fishing, woodworking, sketching, and had a passion for collecting knifes.

He is preceded in death by Pete and Emma Blood, Gerald and Mary Hall and many loved ones.

He is survived by his parents Bill and Joanne Blood of St. Ignatius; sister Barbie Larsh (Steve); niece and nephew Jessica and Nathan of California; aunts Berdie Anderson of Ronan, Geraldine Davaz of Spokane, Wash. and Karen Hall of Pablo; and many cousins that loved him.

Michael will be very missed by many, we will all miss his warm friendly smile that melted us all.

Graveside Services to be held on August 1, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. at Pleasant View Cemetery with Military Honors by Mission Valley Honor Guard. A Celebration of life to follow with luncheon to be served at the residence of Bill and Joanne Blood (Blood Ranch Lane). All are welcome.

"Our deepest thanks to all the staff of Community Hospital for all there care and support they had given to Michael and his family." Please direct memorials and donations to the hospice care program of your choice.

Donna Marie Courville Lee
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — Word was received that Donna passed away on July 20, 2009 in Albuquerque, NM.

She was born August 18, 1952 to Elsie Bisson and Alexander Courville.

She is survived by her husband Wade; son Kurtis and his wife, all in Albuquerque, NM; daughter Michelle, her husband and two children of Denver, CO; brothers Fred of Polson, Henrey (Tammy) of Ronan, and Alex (Judy) of Pablo; sister Laura (Mike) of Ronan; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceding her in death are her parents; sisters Marlene Adams, Delores Durgeloh, Clare Rogers, Connie Carns, Leona Courville; and brother Kenny Courville.

A celebration of life will be held August 1 at the Indian Senior Center in Ronan starting at 2 p.m.

Immediately following the final prayer at 3 p.m., a potluck dinner will be served in her memory and in the memory of her sisters Connie and Leona and her brother Kenny, all of who we lost within the past year.

We ask that you join us with your prayers, stories, memories and pictures.

Elizabeth Lee Hogge
SALMON, Idaho Elizabeth Lee Hogge, 91, is celebrating a reunion with her beloved family and friends who have preceded her. They include parents, two brothers, three sisters, husband, daughter, granddaughter and son in law.

Born in Woodville, Idaho on May 2, 1918 to John Earnest and Lydia Lovina Longhurst Lee, she grew up in Idaho and Montana.

She left her earthly home, July 11, 2009 at Discovery Care Center in Salmon, Idaho accompanied by her daughters Dee Ann and Beverly.

She was preceded in death her husband Robert, daughter Betty Lou Gamble and granddaughter LaTesa Hogge.

She is survived by brother Joseph Lee of St. Ignatius; children Beverly (Boyd) Kreipl of Millville, Utah, DeeAnn Crofoot of Salmon, ID, Daniel Hogge of St. Ignatius and George (Gloria) Hogge of Mesa, AZ; son-in-law Steve (Kristy) Gamble of Kennewick, WA; and 46 grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She loved the "Mission Valley", outdoors, family and adopted family and friends. She was the life of the party, loved to do readings, dancing, skits and singing. Grandchildren loved to walk with her, bake bread in tiny pans, make cookies, candies and homemade root beer.

She and Bob served LDS Mission in Alabama and she served many years in her church with children in Primary, Relief Society and Junior Sunday School.

Family was her greatest joy. We will remember her examples and concern for all around her.

A viewing will take place Thursday, July 16 from 11 a.m. until noon with services beginning at noon at the LDS Church in St. Ignatius. Interment will follow in the Pleasant View Cemetery in St. Ignatius.

Evin Ray Kimmel
MISSOULA — A true world traveler and avid adventurer, Evin began the greatest adventure of all when he went to join his ancestors on July 8, 2009. Evin fought a valiant fight with cancer, winning the battle once only to have it come back 10 years later to the day on June 1, 2009.

Evin started out life in Missoula on Sept. 5, 1955 as the first born of Ronald and Maxine Kimmel. At the age of 18 Evin enlisted in the Air Force making a career out of it, becoming a veteran of three wars.

In 1976 Juiling Chen joined Evin’s adventure as his beloved wife, best friend, and co-adventurer. Together they raised five children, Chai-Wei of Taiwan, Chai-Wen Oliver of Dallas, Texas, Rebecca McGregor of Oregon, Meiling Kimmel of Oregon, and John Kimmel of Missoula. He was blessed with five beautiful grandchildren, Eric and Erica Oliver of Dallas Texas, Kallisti and Nausicca McGregor of Oregon, and Mykel Kimmel of Missoula.

Evin is survived by his wife Juiling; his children and grandchildren; his parents Ronald and Maxine Kimmel of Ronan; sisters Kathy Kimmel of Ronan, Linda Haydon of Pablo, and Shirley (Craig) Pablo of Arlee; along with several uncles, aunts and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his great grandparents J.O. and Mary Heath; grandparents O.E. and Luella Kimmel; and the Rev. Elmer and Clara Robison; daughter Jennifer Kimmel; nephew Terje Pablo; and uncles Heath, Gale, Dale Kimmel and Paul Robison.

LaKishia Curley
POLSON — LaKishia Curley, 31, of Polson passed away on July 1, 2009 at her home in Polson.

She was born on February 10, 1978 in Spokane, WA to Brenda Curley.

Kisha attended schools at Two Eagle River High School in Pablo and Salish and Kootenai College.

She enjoyed music, movies, Pow Wows and loved meeting people. She was outgoing, energetic, caring, sensitive and protective. She was a true people person.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Alice Curley and grandfather Frank Pierce.

She is survived by her daughters Emonie Couture and Eyanah Burshia; parents Brenda and Virgil Brave Rock of Ronan; sisters Chelsea Brave Rock of St. Ignatius, Alycia Shorty of Polson, Cecelia Shorty of Ronan, Mackenzie Brave Rock of Canada, Feather Wildshoe of Ronan; and brother Chasen Curley of Ronan. She is also survived by her aunts Marcella White and Tessie Curley; uncle Francis (Deanna) Auld of Elmo; grandparents Louise Brave Rock and Mervyn Brave Rock of Canada; and numerous other relatives.

Services were held on Saturday, July 4, 2009 at 10 a.m. at the Elmo Hall with Rev. Kenny Prewett officiating, and burial followed at the Elmo Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Grogan Funeral Home of Polson and messages of condolence may be sent to the family online at