Posted: Aug 6, 2013 5:43 PM
Updated: Aug 6, 2013 5:43 PM
Lee "Butch" Hollett McCartney, 70, passed peacefully in his sleep at home, Friday August 2, 2013, after a long battle with cancer.
Lee was born September 30, 1942 in Havre, Montana, to Clay H. McCartney and Esther M. Lee and raised by his dad and Phyllis McCartney, and his beloved grandmother, Maida McCartney.
He graduated from Chinook High School with honors. He was student body president, a member of Boys State, and his love of golf started in high school. He then went on to MSU and was a member of the bowling team. His 2nd year of college he was drafted into the military (Air Force) and served in Biloxi, MS, Germany, and Maine.
Then he returned home and started working for his dad at Blaine Co. Abstract as an oil and gas lease broker.
He was elected as a delegate to the 1972 Montana Constitutional Convention, representing Hill County where documents were modified from the 1889 version. He also was involved in the Montana State Legislature as a lobbyist for the oil and gas industry. Lee also worked as an advisor for the Montana State Land Board. He initiated the 1st annual Jaycee Rodeo in Chinook, and due to his love of golf, assisted the building of the Chinook golf course and clubhouse.
In lieu of flowers, Lee expressed his wishes for his friends to share in his belief to help others and donate to a charity you support.
A celebration of his life will be held at First Congregational UCC, 2900 9th Ave. So., Great Falls, MT on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Jim Petersen officiating. Cremation has taken place. Schnider Funeral Home is handling arrangements.