Gary D. Pelton

July 13, 1959 ~ June 5, 2019 (age 59)

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Gary Dean Pelton  age 59, passed away on Wednesday June 5, 2019 at Health Center Northwest in Kalispell, MT. Gary was born on July 13, 1959, in Orofino, Idaho, and was welcomed by his parents Dale and Elaine Pelton, big brother Dougie and grandparents; Adron & Nell Pelton of Ahsahka, ID., and Bess & JW Brandt of Orofino. In 1961 the duo became a trio with the birth of baby brother Dana and later, a quartet, with Mindy born in Sandpoint ID. The family moved to Kalispell, Montana, where Gary excelled in sports including football and wrestling which he lettered in throughout his high school career. Gary was an avid artist; his mediums spanned from photography to drawing to sculpture. Gary loved roll-playing games and was a fierce dungeon master, many characters met their demise in his precisely created scenarios. Gary loved history and was always the elephant in the room - not just his size but with his wit and memory! No one ever won and argument with Gary, he always had the facts on his side and the tenacity to bend you to his will. Gary was a giant in stature and in heart and everyone who crossed his path has a memory to share – he was just that kind of person. Gary worked during his high school years at Uncle Dean & Aunt Judy Brandt’s sawmill in Orofino, and Uncle John & Aunt Norma Brandt’s Hardware store in Stites, ID. Gary loved working with people and was fiercely loyal to his friends and family.


Gary graduated from Flathead High School in 1978 and went on to study Health & Human Services at Flathead Valley Community College, earning his associates degree. Gary worked with his father at Kalispell Pole & Timber for many years. He later worked at a hobby store where he regaled customers with his vast knowledge love of models and comics.

Gary struggled with diabetes and dementia and his poor body was overcome by the ravage of these diseases. He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, his father Elbert Dale Pelton and brother Douglas Dale Pelton and his loving Uncle, John Walter Brandt II. Gary is survived by; his wife CB in Kalispell, his mother, Elaine Pelton, San Antonio TX., brother, Dana and family in Collinsville OK., sister, Mindy and family in San Antonio TX., Dean & Judy Brandt and family in Orofino, ID., and Norma Brandt and family in Kooskia ID., and family and friends around the world.

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