By Tristan 

Gary Edmund Porter


Gary Edmund Porter

Gary Edmund Porter, a locomotive engineer, died in Benefis hospital in Great Falls on Wednesday evening after collapsing at the railroad depot in Shelby on Sunday morning.

He was born on July 4, 1951, in Adelaide, South Australia. As a child, he lived in Sandpoint, Idaho, and graduated from Whitefish High School in 1969. He attended the University of Montana, majoring in English and creative writing.

He worked for the Great Northern, Burlington Northern and Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroads in Montana for 38 years. Gary worked as a gandy dancer, on steel and tie g...

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