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MICHAEL DAVID BOSTON September 10, 1953 – March 13, 2017

Mr. Michael David Boston passed away Monday morning, March 13, 2017, at his home following a lengthy illness.  He was born in Butte September 10, 1953 to William and Shirley (Briney) Boston. 

Mike was raised in Butte and Reno, Nevada.  He attended Sparks High School, graduated from Butte High School and earned four Bachelor's degrees from both the University of Nevada- Reno and Montana Tech and paid his own way through college working at Village Inn Pizza in Butte  and as a bellman at the MGM Grand in Reno. 

Mike was active in wrestling and softball.  He was a published writer in USA Today and the Dallas Times with his articles on addictive behavior.  Mike worked as an addition counselor and was Clinical Supervisor at the Watch Program.  His work over the past 30 plus years in the field of addiction was his passion.  As a result he impacted many lives of those afflicted by the disease.  He was also an avid Oakland Raiders fan, a true New York Yankee devotee and loved gardening and working in his yard and getting the highest score in golf.  He loved taking road trips and devoted himself to his grandchildren.  He always credited much of his success to his grandmother, Lucille Boston who raised him. 

Mike is preceded in death by his parents, his brother, John Boston and his aunt, Barbara Briney.  He is survived by his wife, Lisa Boston of Butte, his son, Jesse Penman of Loveland, TX, daughter and son-in-law, Mandi and Doug Shaff , daughter, Ashley Boston and her fiancée John McLean all of Butte.  Also surviving are his grandchildren: Jesse Penman Jr. , Makenzie Stokes, Monea Boston, Blake Shaff and Jordon Escobar, his brothers and sisters-in-law,  Richard and Candace Boston, Robert and Patti Boston and William James and Karen Boston, his mother-in-law, Jeenie Kidder, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jack and Chikako Whitley, his uncle, Bob Briney and numerous nieces and nephews.

Michael's remains are in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home where friends may call Friday evening after 5 o'clock.  Funeral services will be conducted Saturday morning at 10 o'clock in the funeral home with Father Thomas Haffey officiating.  Interment will be in Mount Moriah Cemetery.  Memorials in memory of Mike may be made to the Butte Rescue Mission.  You may express condolences at


ORVAL A. CARLING, March 7, 1939 – March 11, 2017

Orval Augustus Carling, 78, of Butte Montana, passed away on March 11, 2017 from a lingering illness.

He was born to parents Norval and Ellen Carling, in Fillmore, Utah on March 7, 1939. He married Nita Georgene Miller on November 23, 1978 and would go on to enjoy 32 years of marriage with her.

Orval is survived by his sisters Florence Benavidez of Henderson, NV; Anna Mae (Gordon) Williamson of Kuna, ID; and Colleen (Floyd) Dutson of Hinckley, UT.

Orval is father to Kay Lynn Golyer (Ron) of Powder Springs GA; Kenneth Lee Carling; Timothy Leon Carling; Ella Dee Carling of Butte, MT; Gretchen Carling; Bridgett Shew (Tracy) of Renton, WA; Carolyn Carling of Las Vegas, NV; Kathleen Vezina; Jeff Vezina of Cheyenne, WY; Christopher Vezina; Shawn Galahan of Seattle, WA; Shannon Galahan (Marci Umatum) of Seattle, WA;  Valerie Carling-Buckingham (Alton) of Oak Harbor, WA. He is grandfather to: Michael Lee Golyer; Ronald Lynn Golyer; Amanda Lee Carling-Moore; Kristine Lynn Carling-Boutte; Josh Shawn Carling; Leandra Kay Golyer-Allison; Tony Shawn Galahan; Ahren Jeffery Vezina; Kimberly Sue Vezina and Jennifer Vezina and is Great Grandfather to Corbin, Caleb, Emma, Alexa, Brayden, Dylan and Emilia Golyer.

Orval has numerous nieces and nephews and many friends here in Butte, especially at Bee Hive Homes --- all whom he also loved very much!

He is preceded in death by his wife Nita Georgene; his parents Ellen Isabell and Norval Carling; his sister Joyce Kirk; brothers Frank and Art Carling; his children Kenneth Lee, Timothy Leon, Gretchen Carling, Kathleen and Christopher Vezina; and granddaughter Kimberly Sue Vezina.

His remains are at rest at Wayrynen Richards Funeral Home at 1800 Florence Avenue, Butte MT 59701. Visitations and funeral services both will be Tuesday March 14th  starting at 9:30 AM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, located at 1351 Mt. Highland Drive, Butte, MT., 59701. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

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JOHN H. HORTON December 2, 1993 – March 4, 2017

Mr. John H. Horton passed away Sunday evening in a local hospital following a short illness. 

He was born December 2, 1933 in Streater, Illinois, one of twelve children to Joseph and Harriet (Hoit) Horton.  He was raised and educated in Illinois and served his country in The United States Navy.  It was while he was serving in the Navy that he met a nurse, Butte native, Mary Frances Bennett, at the Jacksonville Naval Hospital.  They were united in marriage on August 20, 1954 in Folkston, Georgia and following their respective discharges settled in Butte where John worked as an underground miner.  He worked in the Mountain Con, the Stewart, the Kelly and also was operator at the primary crusher at the Berkley Pit before his retirement. 

John was a trustee and member of the Centerville Volunteer Fire Department, an avid outdoorsman, a member of the Big Sky Rocketry Association and a member of the Butte Gem and Mineral Club.  

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Andrew and Teeresa Horton of Helena, daughters, Mary Linn Horton, Norma Horton and Edna Horton all of Butte, his only grandson, John Michael Horton also of Butte, two sisters, Edna Mae Richard and Thelma Gouliard and sister-in-law, Vera Bennett.  Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews. And who could forget his beloved cat "Missy"  who was supposed to be a rescue pet but actually picked him.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Frances who passed away October 19, 1991, his brothers Arthur, Walter, Robert, George, Donald, James and Ralph and his sisters, Ellen and Mary Ann. 

Mr. Horton's remains are in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home where friends may call Thursday morning after 10 o'clock.  Funeral services will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock in the funeral home with Pastor Phil Masters officiating.  Interment will be in Mount Moriah Cemetery.  Memorials in memory of John may be made to the Humane Society.  Express condolences at


Jean Foley, September 29, 1924 - February 20, 2017

Jean Foley died Monday, Feb. 20, surrounded by her family at Genesis HealthCare, Butte Center. Jean was born in Butte Sept. 29, 1924 to Will and Lil (Noland) Leeming, and she called the Mining City home for her entire life. Jean was one seven children who grew up in the Leeming home on Buffalo Street. She attended St. Mary’s Grade School before graduating from Butte Central in 1943. Jean Married Bill Foley on April 15, 1948, and together they raised two children, their daughter Pat and son Bob. Bill and Jean remained side by side until Bill’s death on Feb. 12, 2015. Jean and Bill were adored by their four grandsons and 11 great-grandchildren. A proud housewife, Jean was known for her crocheting abilities. Her legendary stockpile of afghans will keep her family warm for decades to come. She enjoyed spending time with her family, bowling and playing very fast rounds of golf with her good friend Inez Barger. Jean also enjoyed a playing 31 in the clubhouse following a round of golf, spending an afternoon with friends at the Plaza Pub, having dinner at the Top Deck, and arguing with Republicans. Jean is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bill; father-in-law and mother-in-law George “Mick” and Julia (Powers) Foley; brothers Bill and Don Leeming; sister Betty Jacinich; and brother-in-law Emil Jacenich, Bill Sharkey, and Don and George Foley; sisters-in-law Mary Foley, Charlotte Leeming, Margaret Mary Leeming and Rusty Leeming. She is survived by brothers Tom Leeming and Pete Leeming, both of Yuba City, Calif., and Jack (Arlene) Leeming of Lynnwood, Wash.; sister-in-law Shirley Sharkey; son and daughter-in-law Bob and Jo Foley; daughter Pat; grandsons Don (Sheri), Bill (Kim), Bob (Alicia) and Zach (Shannon) Foley; and great-grandchildren Sean, Brenna, Delaney, Grady, Maizee, Annelise, Shae, Josie, Charlotte, Colter and Griff Foley; cousin Leora Brinig of Whitehall; special friends Bob and Inez Barger; and numerous nieces and nephews. Special thanks goes out to the hardworking and unbelievably caring men and women at Genesis HealthCare. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will take place at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 24 at St. Patrick’s Church. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Interment of the ashes will follow at the Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorials in Jean’s name may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Spokane, a Democratic candidate or a charity of the donor’s choice.


Daniel Piazzola, June 10, 1933 – February 24, 2017

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Daniel E. Piazzola passed away Friday, February 24th, surrounded by his family at the age of 83. Dan was born June 10th, 1933 to Daniel A. and Nell (Minor) Piazzola. Dan graduated from Butte High School in 1951. He earned a Business Administration degree from the University of Montana and later went on to receive his teaching degree and Master’s degree in Education from Western Montana College. Dan served his country in the United States Army from 1956 to 1958 as the assistant to the Chaplin in Fort Huachuca, Arizona. In June of 1961, he married the love of his life, Marlene Plate. From this union came three sons and a daughter; John, Joey, Kriss and Jerry. As a young man, Dan worked for General Electric, and as butcher with his father at the Better Meat Market. During a long Anaconda Company strike, his father encouraged him to go back to school and pursue an education degree. He enjoyed a 28 year teaching career with the Butte School District. Dan taught at the Blaine, Sherman, Kennedy, Hillcrest and Whittier schools. He had great respect for the teaching profession and was always dressed in a suit and tie. Dan was known as a strict teacher, whose favorite form of discipline for misbehaving children was to write their spelling words several times. He enjoyed connecting with past students and had great pride in their success. Undoubtedly, most are excellent spellers! Dan’s main career was teaching, but his passion was being a rancher. Each day, after school, he traded in his suit and tie for Wrangler’s and a cowboy hat. He raised registered Black Angus cows at his ranch in Sheep Gulch. He and Marlene moved out to the ranch for a “summer” in 1962 and never left. He enjoyed spending time at the Butte stockyards as it was a time to visit with his friends. Dan was a devout member of the Immaculate Conception Church, he was also member of the Butte Elks Lodge, the Butte Country Club and the Southwestern Montana Angus Association. He served on the Board of Director’s for the Montana State Senior’s Golf Association and was the Treasurer at Star Lanes Bowling Alley. He was a fan of the New York Yankees, Bull riding and watching his grandchildren’s sporting events. Dan was preceded in death by his parents Dan and Nell, his beloved son Joey, father and mother-in-law Knute & Helen Plate, brother and sister -in-law’s John Orizotti, John Plate and Harvey & Shirley Hannah. Dan was an honest, kind and hardworking man. He will be greatly missed by his family. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marlene. His sons, daughter and their spouses: John & Margaret Piazzola, Kriss & Bill Miller and Jerry & Maryann Piazzola. His grandchildren who were his pride and joy: Stefanie Boston, Megan & Matt Varcoe, Nicole & Zach Bond, Ryan Piazzola, Brody and Lexi Miller and Angela and Teresa Piazzola as well as 9 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters: Mary Carol Orizotti and Rosalie & Tim Driscoll. Brother and sister-in-law’s: Carol Johnson, Laura & Bob Pratt, Carl & Martha Plate, Bonnie & John Lundborg, Linda & Bill Winnick, David & Cathy Plate, and Harry & Karen Plate as well as many nieces and nephews who were very special to him. In Lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Butte Sheltered Workshop (845 S. Wyoming), Advocacy Program of SW Montana (PO Box 726), Butte Central Education (9 S. Idaho St), or charity of the donor’s choice. Services will be Friday at Immaculate Conception church, with visitation beginning at 9:30 and Liturgy of the Resurrection at 11:00. Interment will take place at a later date.


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