HAVRE DAILY NEWS                                              January 4, 1988

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CLAY HOLLETT McCARTNEY

    CHINOOK -- Clay Hollett Mc­Cartney, 67, was born to Ross and Maida McCartney on May 14, 1920, in Minneapolis, Minn. He died Dec. 31, 1987, at a Havre hospital

Services will be conducted Tues­day at 2 p.m. by Rev. Emory Robotham of the United Methodist Church in Chinook and will be held at St. Gabriel's Church in Chinook.

    Mr. McCartney spent his early years in Fullerton, N.D., and in 1929 the family moved to Billings. In 1931, the family bought the Blaine County Abstract Company in Chinook from Ed Fredlund. It has remained in the family since then.

    He was an Eagle Scout, one of the first in Chinook, and later was a scoutmaster. He was an all-around athlete in Chinook High School from which he graduated in 1938. He at­tended Montana State University for a short time, later enlisting in the Armed Forces in 1942, serving in the South Pacific during World War II.

    After the war, he returned to Chinook and joined his father in the abstract business. Mr. McCartney and Dave Sprinkle, a brother-in-law,, also started and operated the Oil Field Supply Company during the early development of the Williston Basin in North Dakota. During the late 1950s and 1960s, Mr. McCartney was active in farm and ranch real estate. In 1964, he sold the Miller Brothers Ranch, then owned by Wellington D. Rankin, to 27 families. For his efforts in this sale, he was recognized as Montana's Realtor of the Year for 1964.

    He was active in local and state politics and was the mayor of Chinook for two terms during the 1960s. He was appointed a member of the Montana Energy Council and was a long-time member of the In­dependent Petroleum Association of America.

    He was instrumental in the devel­opment of Tiger Ridge Gas Field and the Black Coulee Gas Field south of Chinook. He worked with the Blaine County Development Corporation in the creation of the Bear. Paw Livestock Sales ring and in the funding for the Chinook Medi­cal Clinic. Later, he took a direct role in ensuring they both continued to operate. He was a strong sup­porter of community development projects and was always a promoter of Chinook and the Blaine County area.

    He was married in Chinook, September 5, 1947.

    He is survived by his wife, Phyllis, with whom he recently celebrated 40 years of marriage; three sons, Lee of Havre, Robert and Marshall of Chinook; a daughter, Kathryn of Missoula; a brother, Tom of Choteau; two sisters, Betty Sprinkle of Chinook and Colleen Allison of Columbia Falls; and a number of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews.

    He was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church, having been bap­tized by his grandfather, Rev. Frank Hollett, in 1920.

    Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society, Ameri­can Diabetes Association, the Heart Fund, the Arthritis Foundation, or the United Methodist Church of Chinook.

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