BELLE CREEK, Mont. - John C. Giacometto, age 86, of Belle Creek, Mont., passed away on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2003, at the Lookout Memorial Hospital in Spearfish, S.D. John was born on the family ranch near Belle Creek, Mont. on April 18, 1917, the son of Ernesto and Annetta Vercelli (Ferrero) Giacometto. He attended rural country schools through the eighth grade as well as one year of schooling in Italy. Following his schooling he herded sheep for his two brothers as well as local ranchers. In the late '30s he purchased his first piece of land from his brother Leo. John married Catherine Trucano on July 15, 1940, at St. David's Catholic Church in Broadus. Following their marriage, they stayed in the sheep business and continued to add to the ranch.
John attended numerous rodeos competing in team roping events where he won several buckles and spurs. His hobbies included building hackamores, breaking horses, and raising and training trail hounds to hunt bobcats. He enjoyed seeing crops grow from spring planting to fall harvest.
He loved to spend winters with his wife Catherine in Del Rio, Texas. In 1973, they purchased a mobile home in Del Rio. Through the years they built a new home and acquired a small farm where he loved to raise his catfish, goats, longhorns and tend to his pecan trees.
John was a member of the St. David's Catholic Church in Broadus, American Quarter Horse Association, NWCA, and the East Fork Roping Club.
John is survived by his wife, Catherine Giacometto of Belle Creek; three sons, Louis Giacometto of Belle Creek, Lawrence Giacometto of Boyes, Mont.; and Robert Giacometto of Rapid City, S.D. and their wives; a brother, Leo Giacometto and his wife, Kathryn of Belle Fourche, S.D.; sister-in-law, Wilma Giacometto of Spearfish, S.D.; seven grandchildren; Tom (Donna) Giacometto of Belle Creek, Roxy (David) Killens of Billings, Tammy (Todd) Rismon of Havre, Ron Giacometto of Boyes, John (Renae) Giacometto of Dallas, Texas, Jennifer Giacometto of Austin, Texas, and James Giacometto of Brookings, S.D; 11 great-grandchildren, Brittaniand Kashus Giacometto, Ashley Laurie, Brandi and Skyler Killens, Dawson Rismon, Kyle, Ryley and Dillon Giacometto, and Andrew and Allison Giacometto. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Joe; and a sister, Madeline Teigen.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, in the chapel in Broadus. A Vigil service will be 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, in the chapel of Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Broadus. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 13, at St. David's Catholic Church in Broadus. Rite of Committal will follow in the Valley View Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting .
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.