CHARLO — Bud Jesse Fitzpatrick, 71, was born on August 22, 1947, in Oliver Gulch, Hot Springs to Alicia and Lloyd Bailey. He was an only child. Bud passed peacefully in his sleep November 19, 2018.
Bud grew up on the ranch in Hot Springs and started driving tractors and farming at a tender age. He cut and baled hay, stacked hay, irrigated and raised grain and hay. Bud was a jack of all trades; there was nothing he couldn’t operate and keep going if it broke down. He built stock cars and raced them. He did trucking hauling hay, grain, logs and lumber that he sawed on his own sawmill. Bud met Carol Snyder (Cook) in May of 1968 and they lived in Hot Springs. Sheri was born to them in 1970 and in the fall of 1980 Dusty came into their lives. Judy was born in May of 1981 and Amanda was born in April of 1982. Bud and Carol and family moved to Charlo in the spring of 1982 onto the 80 acres belonging to Fred and Lela Fitzpatrick. Bud continued farming hay and grain, and also raised a few sheep and pigs.
Bud was preceded in death by his grandparents Fred and Lela Fitzpatrick, his mother Alicia Whitman, his father Lloyd Bailey, his uncles Fred, Tom, Jim and Robert and aunts; also one grandchild Tucker Lane Matt. He is survived by his wife Carol; son Dusty Fitzpatrick; daughter Amanda (Derek) Bettencourt, all of Charlo; daughter Sheri (Jody) Matt of Ronan; Judy DuMont Wolfe (Cory) of Pablo; grandchildren Orissa (Jay) Gohl, Joe and Savannah Matt of Pablo; Arlene, Zayla, Zalvin Wolfe of Pablo; Jasmin of Oregon; Jesse Fitzpatrick, Madison and Ashlyn Bettencourt all of Charlo; Glenda Fitzpatrick of Ronan; and one great grandson Breccan Matt of Ronan.