April 1927 — Sept. 2021
Thursday, October 14, 2021
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Lawrence S. Proctor passed away at his home north of Columbus, Mont., on Sept. 18, 2021. He preferred to be known as Larry.

Larry was born to John Putman and Laura May Proctor in April 1927 in the state of New Hampshire. He grew up on the family farm being almost the youngest of nine children. His dad was a jack-of-all-trades, including a tinsmith and photographer. Larry liked to tell the story of skiing to school one morning while being chased by wolves in the bitter cold.

He said that was the first time he did not fall down on his way off the mountain on which the farm resided.

Larry entered into the United States Army in the latter part of World War II. He served in Europe with the 3rd Infantry Division Artillery.

Upon discharge in 1947, he returned to the farm for a while before becoming employed by American Telephone & Telegraph, AT&T, as a lineman/clerk. He traveled parts of the south and east to west across the country installing the new telephone communications system. He was employed by AT&T for 35 years and served as lineman, crew chief, manager, and eventually overseeing engineering installation and repairs for east Portland, Ore.

Upon traveling the country Larry fell in love with the Midwest mountain states and stayed to marry Betty Titus, they settled in Lewiston, Idaho. Three sons — Larry, Dana and Zane — were born of the marriage. Two sons from Betty’s prior marriage — George Baird and Ron Baird — on visits created a house-full of boys to manage. While in Lewiston, Larry was invited to join the Nez Perce Masonic Lodge No. 10. He would become a Master Mason of the Scottish Rite.

The couple would divorce and custody was later awarded to Larry when Betty become ill with cancer. She would die of the disease. Larry was reassigned to Portland, Ore., with AT&T where he retired. He never re-married.

Larry came to Columbus, Mont., in 1997 to fulfill his dream of building a log home. His son Dana followed and together they first built a shop then started the cabin with logs from Reed Point and help of Aldrich Lumber of Billings. The first indication of the home — which took many years to complete — was a colossal fireplace that Ron came to build with his crew from Bairdski Masonry. The fireplace was built in 10 days and was visible for a time east of Rapelje Road before the house was built around it. Larry loved sitting by the fire from the fireplace. The final south porch addition to the home was completed in 2020 where Larry enjoyed viewing the majestic mountain view.

He is survived by son Larry and wife Nancy Proctor (Butte, Mont.); sons Dana Proctor (Columbus, Mont.), and Zane R. Proctor (Apache Junction, Ariz.) and grandchildren Shane Dawson, Zane Jr. Proctor, Michael Proctor, Jessica Proctor, and Athena Proctor. The family will have only a private funeral service locally at Larry’s Home, the 23rd of October.