GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE                              Sunday, February 4, 2007

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Leonard Motari                              

    Leonard "Len" Motari, 82, of 1523 Meadow Lark Drive, a World War II Army veteran and Insurance Salesman, died of natural causes Friday at his home. A rosary is 7 p.m. Wednesday at O'Connor Memorial Chapel. His funeral is 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, with burial in Highland Cemetery.    

    Survivors include daughters Beverly Olson of Beaverton, Ore., and Linda McCartney of Great Falls, four grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

    He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Mae Motari in 2005.

 Published in the Great Falls Tribune on 2/4/2007.   

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GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE                              Monday, February 5, 2007

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Motari, Leonard A.

 

 

    A vigil service is 7 p.m. Wednes-day at O'Connor Funeral Home. His funeral is 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, with burial in Highland Cemetery.
    Survivors include his two daugh-ters, Beverly J. (John) Olson of Beaverton, Ore., and Linda M. McCartney (Tom Dashner) of Great Falls; his sister, Patsy Wilson of Arizona; four grandchildren, Jana L. Koskela of Dayton, Ore., Mark W. Olson of Hillsboro, Ore., Stacee L. (Michael) Donovan of Tualatin, Ore., and Renee M. (Rob-ert) Valdez of Great Falls; 10 great-grandchildren, William Koskela, Stefanie Koskela, Kimberly Ko-skela, Madison Olson, Amanda Donovan, Sarah Donovan, Eliza-beth Donovan, Ashley McCartney, Alisa Valdez, and Abigail Valdez; five great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
    Leonard was born June 24, 1923, in Great Falls, to Mary Ellen and Joseph Motari. As a young man, Leonard worked for the Anaconda Co. and the CCC. Leonard also served in the Army during WWII.
    Leonard married his wife of 59 years, Virginia Mae Hall, on March 7, 1946. Leonard and Virginia made a home for themselves in Great Falls where he became a Pioneer Mutual Insurance agent, serving under Bill Graham in the 1950's.
    In 1962, Leonard and his family embarked on a new adventure and moved to Havre, where he and his wife lived for 45 years. After mov-ing to Havre, Leonard purchased the Hi-Line Lanes and 300 Club. He also owned and operated the Dutch Shop Cafe, the Grand Hotel, and the Pomp Room Bar. In the 1980's, he purchased Northern Tire, BuffN' Shine, and Mini Mart.
After his adventure with the above-mentioned businesses, Leonard became a Pioneer Mutual General Agent for the Havre Hi Line area, and enjoyed serving his many clients and friends.
Pioneer Mutual named Leonard "Man of the Year" 13 years in a row. He was a member of The Order of the Diadem, sat on the Pioneer Mutual Life Advisory Board, and also was a member of the Pioneer Mutual Life Board of Director's. Leonard was the first agent to have his picture on the Pioneer Mutual Life Magazine for "Outstanding Agent of the Year". He also won numerous "Top Agent" awards and accolades,
    Leonard and his wife moved back to Great Falls in 2001 for health reasons. Leonard continued to sell insurance for Pioneer Mu-tual Life until his passing.
    Leonard enjoyed bowling, fish-ing and attending family activities. He was a lifetime member of the Eagles, the Moose, the Elks, and the VFW. He was also a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church.
    Leonard was a man who loved to be able to help people and will be remembered for his generosity and love of charity. Those who knew him well will remember his humor, his character, and his un-yielding love for his family and friends.
    Leonard was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Ellen Lucker; his brothers, Lawrence and Pat Motari; his sister, Catherine Bofto; and his wife, Virginia Motari.
    Memorials can be donated in honor of Leonard to the Sletten's Cancer Institute or the Benefis Heart Foundation.
    Condolences may be sent online to greatfallstribune.com/obituaries.

Published in the Great Falls Tribune on 2/5/2007.

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HAVRE DAILY NEWS                                             Monday, February 5, 2007

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LEONARD MOTARI

(Created: Monday, February 5, 2007 12:14 PM MST)

    Leonard A. Motari, 83, of Great Falls, a former longtime general agent for Pioneer Mutual Life Insurance Co. In Havre, died of natural causes Friday, Feb. 2, 2007, at his home.
    A vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at O’Connor Funeral Home in Great Falls. His funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, followed by burial at Highland Cemetery in Great Falls. A memorial service will be held in Havre at a later date.

    Leonard was born June 24, 1923, in Great Falls to Mary Ellen and Joseph Motari. As a young man, Leonard worked for the Anaconda Co. And the Civilian Conservation Corps. He also served in the Army during World War II.

    Leonard married Virginia Mae Hall on March 7, 1946. They lived in Great Falls, where he became a Pioneer Mutual Insurance Agent in the 1950s. In 1962, they moved to Havre, where they lived for 45 years. Leonard bought the Hi-Line Lanes and 300 Club. He also owned and operated the Dutch Shop Cafe, Grand Hotel and the Pomp Room Bar. In the 1980s, he bought Northern Tire, Buff N’ Shine and Mini Mart. Leonard later became a Pioneer Mutual general agent for the Havre and Hi-Line area. Pioneer Mutual named him Man of the Year 13 consecutive years. He was a member of the Order of the Diadem, sat on the Pioneer Mutual Life Advisory Board and on the Pioneer Mutual Life Board of Directors. He was the first agent to have his picture on the Pioneer Mutual Life Magazine for outstanding agent of the year. He also won numerous top agent awards and accolades. Leonard and Virginia moved to back to Great Falls in 2001 for health reasons. Leonard continued to sell insurance until his death. Leonard enjoyed bowling, fishing and attending family activities. He was a lifetime member of the Eagles, Moose, Elks and VFW. He also was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Leonard loved to be able to help people, was known for his sense of humor, his character and his unyielding love for his family and friends.

    Leonard was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Motari; mother, Mary Ellen Lucker; brothers, Lawrence and Pat Motari; sister, Catherine Bofto; and wife of 59 years, Virginia Motari.

    Survivors include his daughters, Beverly J. (John) Olson of Beaverton, Ore., and Linda M. McCartney (Tom Dashner) of Great Falls; sister, Patsy Wilson of Arizona; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren;five greatgreat- grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials can be made to Sletten’s Cancer Institute or Benefis Heart Foundation.

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