FISHTAIL — Clifford Blaine Deckard, 63, of Fishtail, lost his courageous battle with cancer on May 3, 2013. He was surrounded by his family and their love.
Cliff was born April 6, 1950, in Spokane, Wash. The middle child in a family of five boys, he learned at an early age that "whoever ate the fastest, got the mostest" - which fostered a competitive spirit that earned him the honor as Salesman of the Year from the Montana Building Association.
He graduated from Rosalia High School in 1968 and attended Kinman Business University where he met his wife, Georgiann (Wahl). It wasn't long before he knew that he needed to bring her back "home" to Fishtail. Early on in his career he worked for Dunn and Bradstreet, PPG Glass, and retired from a 32 year career as an outside sales representative with Boise Cascade in 2012. During this time he made many treasured friendships that remain today.
Cliff was an outdoorsman and an avid fisherman. Some of his best times were spent in elk camp, teaching his son to hunt and trap, fishing the local rivers and streams, and trolling the waters of Canyon Ferry and Fort Peck for walleye. He looked forward every year to the fall season so he could gather wood for the winter. These were important to him as a provider to assure the freezer was full and our home was warm. He was a family man. He was a loving, supportive, and devoted husband and father He strived every day to make it the best it could be for his wife, daughter and son. He had a rare sense of humor and a kind heart. When his granddaughter Enna was born, the world became brighter and he cherished her every giggle and hug with all his heart.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Georgiann; his daughter Britton (Aaron) Frisbie; his son Brian (Kristi) Deckard and his granddaughter, Enna. He is also survived by his four brothers: Gary (Patt), Calvin (Dorothy), Neil (Linda), and Todd; his brother-in-law Clarence Wahl; and numerous nieces and nephews. Cliff was preceded in death by his parents, Milt and Maxine Deckard; and his brother-in-law, Kenneth Wahl.
The family wishes to thank the nursing staff at Billings Clinic and Riverstone Hospice for their exceptional care and compassion during Cliff's final days and the Cancer Treatment Center of America/Phoenix for giving him hope.
A Celebration of Cliff's life will be held on Friday, May 10, at 1 p.m. at the Big Horn Resort (connected to Reef Water Park), Convention Center entrance off Zoo Drive, with lunch to follow. A private family scattering of ashes will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be sent to Riverstone Hospice, the Fishtail Community Center, or to a charity of choice.
"Shed no tears for me my friends, at what I might be missing. There's celestial lakes and ponds up here ... My friends, I'm going fishing!