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Loy Carroll

December 14, 1936 ~ February 03, 2018

Service: March 31, 2018 3:00 PM
   Location: Manhattan American Legion

Loy Ray Carroll, devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and loyal friend passed away on February 3, 2018, in Belgrade, Montana. He was born in Belgrade on December 14, 1936, to Ralph and Mary (Moore) Carroll.

He lived in Logan, Montana, and went to school there for a short time before moving to Manhattan, Montana. Loy graduated from Manhattan High School in 1954 where he excelled in sports and various acts of mischief with his buddies.

In October of 1954, at the tender age of 17, Loy enlisted in the United States Navy and spent the next 24 years proudly serving our country. He was based out of San Francisco and San Diego early on and then transferred to Hawaii before serving an 18-month tour in Vietnam from 1968 to 1970 at which time he re-enlisted and was stationed back in Hawaii. Loy was then stationed in San Diego again aboard the USS Vancouver LPD-2 when he was given the opportunity in 1976 to go to the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID, and work with the NROTC Unit until his retirement from the military in November of 1978.

Loy came home to Manhattan in 1957. He worked as a clerk at the Gallatin County Courthouse while in the Active Fleet Reserve for the Navy and started dating his future wife. Loy Carroll and Carole Jensen were married on October 7, 1961, which lasted for the next 57 years until his recent death.

After traveling the world while serving in the Navy, Loy retired in 1978 and returned to Manhattan to raise his family where he worked various accounting jobs including a term as Gallatin County Treasurer. Loy then went to work with a friend managing his construction company for a few years and ultimately spent his "golden years” working as a groundskeeper for the Headwaters Golf Course in Three Forks, MT.

Loy loved softball, hunting and fishing for many years and then became an avid golfer which was ideal given his last job before retiring in the fall of 2014. Loy loved travelling the country playing different golf courses and became a snowbird, eventually buying a home in AZ across from a course so he could play all year.

His parents, Ralph and Mary; his brother, Ross; and sister, Jeannie, preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife, Carole; a son, Rans (Rhonda) Carroll of Lewistown, MT; and a daughter, Danielle (Priscilla) Carroll of Belgrade; as well as six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, March 31 at 3:00 P.M. at the Manhattan American Legion.

 

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