MISSOULA – Donald Gene Teague, 83, passed away at Riverside Health Care Center on Friday, July 6, 2012, of natural causes.
Donald was born Jan. 28, 1929, in the middle of a snow storm in Piltzville. As a young boy, he grew up in Piltzville and later moved with his family to Clinton, where they lived on a dairy farm. He was educated at Clinton Public School and Missoula County High School.
As a young adult, Donald worked for the Milwaukee Railroad Co. before enlisting into the U.S. Navy. Following his discharge, he worked at the Anaconda lumber mill in Bonner.
On June 2, 1951, he married Laura Reed in Missoula. The couple lived in Piltzville with their three young children. In 1957 Don moved his family to Seeley Lake and went to work for Missoula Electric Cooperative. He enjoyed raising his children, telling them stories of his childhood, teaching them how to color, playing cards and board games, taking them on picnics and teaching them how to swim. He participated in establishing the original Seeley Lake Volunteer Fire Department.
In 1972 he was transferred back to Missoula Electric Cooperative headquarters in Missoula to take on the position of the warehouse manager. He and his family then moved back to Clinton. Donald was employed with Missoula Electric Cooperative until his retirement in 1991.
After retirement, Donald enjoyed doing woodworking projects in his shop, keeping up his lawn, watching western movies and spending time with his grandchildren.
Donald was preceded in death by his wife Laura Teague, parents Ray and Ethel Teague, and brothers Jack, William and Gordon.
Survivors include his children, Christine of Dickinson, N.D., Laurie of Missoula, Andrew and wife Kathy of Seeley Lake, Debbie Ward Teague of Missoula and Pamela Jacobson of Reno, Nev.; along with seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, where a reception will follow. A private graveside will be held later.