MISSOULA — Larry Jay Slaght, 76, of Missoula, passed away Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, at home surrounded by family and trusted sidekick Tucker.
He was born July 21, 1942, in Malta, one-minute after his twin brother Jerry Lee Slaght. The sons of Cleo and Francis Slaght.
He spent his early years in Malta before moving to Gardiner where his parents owned the Twin Bar, named after boys. While in high school he lettered in football and basketball. He went on to serve in the Montana National Guard from 1965-1970 in a Tank Division where he mastered his skills as a diesel mechanic.
In 1977 he began working in the oilfields in Alaska, where he made many good friends and later retired after 25 years.
In his younger years he was an avid snowmobiler and enjoyed boating and camping with his kids. He enjoyed woodworking and tinkering in his garage and was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.
He married Carol E. Riley of Missoula on July 2, 1966, though later divorced they remained friends. Sons, Andrew and Adam were born of this marriage.
On Aug. 21, 1988, he married Sharon D. Beers of Missoula and gained a daughter Wendy McCormick. He and Sharon had many years of fun and laughter, including the rivalry of the Bobcats and Grizzlies where he loved to tease her that the Bobcats were the better of the two and her being an avid Grizzly fan.
A loving father and grandfather who loved to share his time, love and talent of woodworking with family.
Preceded in death by father Cleo, mother Francis, twin brother Jerry and grandson Lee Schuler and sister in law, Della Long.
Survivors include wife, Sharon Slaght, sons, Andrew Slaght (Jens) of London, England, Adam Slaght (Summer) Missoula, Wendy McCormick (Jim) Great Falls and grandchildren Whitnee Schuler, Abby Hinojosa (Jesse), AJ Slaght, Brody Slaght and Ryker Slaght. Great-grandchildren Amelia, Lillee, Mason, Jaxen, Weston, Jett and Charlee. Andy and Adam’s mother, Carol Riley Slaght. He is also survived by an older brother, Delbert Long and several nieces and nephews.
There will be a Celebration of His Life Well Lived, Saturday, November 10 at 1 p.m. at the Missoula Country Club — 3850 Old U.S. 93 S. Missoula, MT 59804.
In Lieu of flowers donations can be made on Larry J. Slaght’s behalf to UgiftABLE.com, a fund that is set up to support his grandson Ryker Slaght, SYNGAP1 Syndrome. Please use code U6X-Z1T when making this donation.