T. Gordon Smith

Monday, December 9, 2019
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T. Gordon Smith, 100, of Clyde Park, Montana, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019.  

A funeral service in honor of Gordon will be held 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Wilsall Community Church. Viewing will be available at Franzen-Davis on Tuesday from noon to 7 p.m. Family will be present from 5 to 6 p.m. A reception will follow the service at the church, and burial will conclude the services at Mountain View Cemetery in Livingston.

Gordon was born June 12, 1919 to Roscoe and Edna (Gilbert) Smith, the second of three siblings, who lived on a small farm 5 miles east of Clyde Park, Montana. He and his sister rode horseback to a one-room schoolhouse for grade school. He graduated from Clyde Park High School in 1936. Immediately, he rented a small farm that bordered his Dad’s farm and raised livestock. Gordon married Eva Mae Olsen Dec. 10, 1943. They had two children, Todd and Carlene. Eva Mae was a great helpmate for a rancher, hardworking, raising a big garden, chickens, cooking for the family and bringing up their children to love the Lord. In 1946, they bought land on Chicken Creek. In 1947, Park Electric Co-Op ran a line through the area, and they then built a new home. Gordon liked to till the soil, see the crops grow and then receive the Lord’s reward at harvest. Gordon enjoyed his cattle and going to bull sales, even the Feddes Sale when he was 99. His calves won many awards at stock shows.

In his younger years Gordon enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially the fishing trips to Crazy Mountain Lakes. He also enjoyed basketball and faithfully attended home games. District, divisional and state tournaments with family were special times. He was blessed to watch his great-grandchildren play basketball, even a state tournament at the age of 99.

Gordon loved the Shields Valley, with mountain views in all directions, and never had a desire to live anywhere else. He had the privilege of being the Grand Marshall at Old Settlers’ Days in Clyde Park in the fall of 2003. Through the years more land has been added to the original property. Gordon continued to farm until the age of 95 and worked together with his son Todd for many years. He was pleased Todd and Brent will continue the operation.

Eva Mae passed away June 25, 1994. They had enjoyed 50 and a half years of marriage. He was fortunate to then marry his longtime friend Dody Gilbert on Oct. 29, 1995. They enjoyed 13 years together before she passed away Dec. 2, 2008. Gordon is also preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Gilbert; sister-in-law, Winona; his sister, Aileen Ward; brother-in-law, Jack, and twin granddaughters, Angela and Annette Smith. Gordon is survived by his son, Todd, and daughter in-law, Dee; daughter, Carlene McCrea and son in-law, Tom; grandson, Jason and his wife, Becky, and grandson, Brent; great-grandchildren, Kailey Smith, Trent and fiancé, Chelsea; stepdaughter, Deanna Larson, and stepson-in-law, Ron; niece, Virginia Ward; nephews, Dan Ward and wife, Sherry, and Gary Ward; and several cousins, great-nieces and nephews, and longtime special friend Laura Bristol.

Gordon lived his lifelong dream of farming and ranching. He was loved and will be missed by many close friends, his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and he loved his family dearly. Gordon was unwavering in his belief in his Lord and Savior, Jesus. He was always an example of faithfulness and kindness to his family and those around him. “... but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15)

If so desired, memorials may be directed to Wilsall Community Church, P.O. Box 92, Wilsall Montana, 59086 or The Shields Valley Rebel Booster Club in Clyde Park, Montana. 

Franzen-Davis Funeral Home and Crematory has been entrusted with arrangements. To view the obituary or share condolences, visit www.Franzen-Davis.com.