Scott Billmayer

Scott Billmayer    Former Hogeland, Chinook and Conrad resident Scott Waring Billmayer, 52, died of pancreatic cancer on Feb. 26 at his home in Bigfork.
    His funeral was held Friday at American Lutheran Church in Ho­geland, followed by a lunch at the church. A private burial was held. Johnson Mortuary & Crematory was in charge of arrangements.
    Survivors include his wife of nearly 30 years, Joyce Billmayer of Bigfork; a daughter, Jacklyn Bill­mayer of Kalispell; a son, Josh (Heidi) Billmayer of Conrad; his mother, Jeanette (Richard) King of Conrad; brothers, Allen (Merrilyn) Billmayer of Hogeland, James Jay (Vickie)  Billmayer of Kalispell and Gale “Pete” (Pam) Billmayer of Conrad; and numerous nieces and nephews.
    Scott was born Dec. 1, 1954, to Frank and Jeanette (Kelly) Bill­mayer. The youngest of four sons, Scott attended grade school in Ho­geland. The Billmayer family later moved to Chinook, where Scott played football for the Sugarbeet­ers. He graduated from Chinook High School in 1973.
    On July 15, 1977, Scott married Joyce Inman at the Lutheran church in Chinook. They moved to Ho­geland, where Scott enjoyed farm­ing and trucking. In 1988, he went to work as a heavy equipment op­erator and mechanic for the Mon­tana Department of Transportation in Harlem, later transferring to Conrad.
    While living in Conrad, Scott and Joyce purchased Conrad Floral and owned and operated the Rocky Mountain Hi ski resort.
     In the spring of 2005, Scott and Joyce moved to the Flathead Valley, where he worked for the Flathead County Road Department until his illness.
    All who knew Scott agree he was a kind and selfless person with a heart as big as the Montana sky. He freely shared his time and great mechanical abilities whenever there was a need. He was a self-taught man of diverse talents. He had a great knowledge and love for farming, which he passed on to his son.
    Friend, neighbor or stranger all received the same full measure of all he had to offer. Things just al­ways seemed to work better after Scotty had been around.
    Scott’s many hobbies included metal fabrication, gold panning, fishing, spending valued time with the family and friends who loved him, and laughing with his best buddy, his cat Festus. Scott will be deeply missed by all who knew him, those who were enriched by his humor and who were touched by his enthusiasm for life.
    He was preceded in death by his father, Frank, in 1976.
    Memorial honoring Scott’s life may be given to the American Can­cer Society or American Lutheran Church of Hogeland, Mont.