HAMILTON — Ted Dye, age 77, born in Hamilton and a lifelong resident of Ravalli County, passed away on April 20, 20 19, in Hamilton. Ted, who was affectionately known as Teddy Joe, Uncle Ted or Black Bart was preceded in death by his parents, Archie and Esther Dye; his brother, Jerry; his sister Betty Jean (Dye) Stahl, his brother-in-law Daryl Stahl and niece Linda Dye. He is survived by his brother, Dale (Barb) Dye of Hamilton; and sister-in-law, Bonnie Dye-Demont of Corvallis; as well as numerous nieces and nephews who loved their Uncle Ted.
Ted led an adventurous life and touched the lives of those who knew him. He served in the Montana National Guard during the Korean War, acted as a Ravalli County Sheriff’s Deputy in Stevensville and travelled the ALCAN Highway to Alaska in 1960. He worked on fishing boats out of Kodiak, the Alaska Marine Highway as a ferry deckhand and ran a timber camp out of Seward, Alaska for three years. He left Alaska just prior to the 1964 earthquake, full of memories and short on cash. He was a proud member of the International Brotherhood of Boiler Makers, joining in 1969. He worked as a boilermaker and superintendent on projects throughout Montana and several other states during a 30-year career. After retiring, Ted settled down in his homes in Grantsdale and Sula, Montana.
Ted had a strong passion for hunting, fishing and the outdoors. This led him to enjoy the mountains of the West and East Fork of the Bitterroot on horseback or in his later years, on his ATV. He loved being out with family and friends to hunt and enjoy all the experiences the Bitterroot mountains could provide. Elk camp was an annual right and privilege that was to be enjoyed, but not to be taken for granted. A love and respect for wildlife and the country they inhabited was passed onto those lucky enough to share his hunting camp.
The family would like to extend their appreciation to the Discovery Care Centre in Hamilton for their excellent care of Ted for the past few years. A big thank you for the staff’s professionalism and personal touch in taking care of Uncle Ted.
Adhering to Ted’s wishes there will be no formal gathering or funeral. Instead, remember a great story or memory of Teddy Joe.