GREAT FALLS — Donald Lyle Fenton, 75, passed away Nov. 8, 2011, at Hospice in Great Falls. He died of injuries from a fall at home, although he had battled prostate cancer for over 13 years.
Don was born in Hardin, in 1936, to Edgar and Totsie Fenton. He was raised in Lodge Grass, but went to Billings for his senior year of high school. He graduated from MSU in 1960 and taught at Colstrip, Lodge Grass and Butte Senior High. He graduated again from MSU in 1967 and worked for the Federal Highway Administration for over 30 years, retiring in 1995 as a highway safety engineer. Don was a professional engineer, a professional land surveyor and a life member of ASCE.
In 1960, Don married Judith Bowen of Whitehall. In 1985, they bought Kanine Kondo, a business in the Helena valley where they boarded and groomed dogs and cats. They sold the business in 1996. In recent years, Don loved reading, photography, watching TV sports and being with anyone with whom could share a good laugh.
He was devoted to many animal companions over the years and assisted Judy as a volunteer for animal welfare. Don was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Tom Fenton, a sister Bernice Kraus, sister Evenly Mayo and a half-sister Marie Spencer
He is survived by his wife Judy, sister Clara Young of Avon, sister Minnie VanScotter of Sheridan, Mont., sister Juanita Miller of Hardin, and brother Robert Fenton of Billings. He's survived by numerous nieces and nephews and their families and also Sassy, Lulu and Simpson his present animal companions.
A memorial service (Irish wake) is planned for sometime after the first of the year. The family asks for memorial donations in Don's name to Peace Hospice of MT, 1101 26th St. S., Great Falls, MT 59405, or to The Helena Area Friends of Pets, 2905 N. Montana Ave, PMB 179, Helena, MT 59602.