Clarence M. “Dutch” Boe, 96, after a long and fulfilling life passed away Monday, April 7, 2008, at 8:45a. m. at Sweet Memorial Nursing Home in Chinook.
He had been a resident of Chinook for 70 years. Memorial funeral services will be Saturday, April 12, 2008, at 11 a.m. in the Lloyd Sweet Auditorium of the Chinook High School with Pastor Charles Sider of the American Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will be at the Kuper Memorial Cemetery. Viewing will be Friday, April 11, 2008, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel. Memorials may be made to the American Lutheran Church of Chinook or to the Chinook Senior Center. He was born in Flaxton, N. D., on Aug. 12, 1911, at home to Oscar A. and Olive (Egge) Boe, the fith of nine children. He attended grade school and high school in Outlook and college at Eastern Washington College in Cheney, Wash., and Minot State Teachers College at Minot, N.D., and also took extension courses from the University of Montana at Missoula. He was one of a few who had a life certificate in education. He taught at a consolidated school in northeastern Montana at Westby before marrying and moving to Chinook. While still single, he played the saxophone and clarinet in a dance band called the “Rhythm Rascals.” In Plentywood he married the love of his life, Coyla M. Peterson, on July 16, 1937. Together they moved to Chinook where a position was available in the Junior High School for him. Besides teaching, he coached basketball and many of his former students and athletes are still in the community. He taught for eight years in Chinook before becoming manager of the Monarch Lumber Company in 1945. In 1950, he became owner and manager for the Blaine Lumber Company, retiring in 1974. He was the timekeeper for high school basketball games for 38 years and received a “Super Fan Award” for his many years of attending athletic activities. He was an avid sports fan, enjoying golf, bowling, hunting and fishing but mostly golf. He was instrumental in keeping the golf course active during his many years of participation. He earned numerous trophies and awards during those years. He was delighted when grass greens were added to the Chinook Golf Course. In later years he taught many young and old the game of golf. He had been an active member of the American Lutheran Church in Chinook since 1937, a member of the Chinook Golf Club as well as the Eagles Club and Montana Lumberman’s Association. During their 70 years of marriage, Dutch and Coyla enjoyed journeys to California and Washington to visit their children and grandchildren with trips to Hawaii, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and to the the southern and southwestern parts of the United States. One of Dutch’s passions was his yard and garden where he walked daily. He had a vegetable garden each year with his prized tomatoes. He is survived by wife, Coyla M. Boe of Chinook; daughters Bonnie R. (Glenn) Patchell of Irvine, Calif, Mary G. (Karl) Harder of Spokane, Wash.; daughter-in-law Gretchen A. Boe of Sun Valley, Idaho; grandchildren Craig (Roxanne) Patchell of Boise, Idaho, Kari (Mike) Goodman of Irvine, Calif., Shawn (Davis) Patchell of Provo, Utah, Conrad (Jennifer) Harder of Spokane, Melanie (Joe) Johndrow of Auburn, Wash., Kristin (Chris) Bigelow of Hailey, Idaho and Erik (Wendel) Boe of Ketchum, Idaho. He has a total of 19 great-grandchildren, a sister, Virginia Markell of Helena, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Alma Boe, Effie Berg, Ruby Boisvert and Lucile Rasmusson; brothers Bill, Elmer and Kenneth, and a son, Duane A. Boe, in 1992.