|Birth: ||Sep. 22, 1944|
South Dakota, USA
|Death: ||Sep. 30, 2007|
Alan F. Catey, 63, passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly of natural causes Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007, in Soda Springs, Idaho.
He was born Sept. 22, 1944, in Mobridge, S.D., to Marguerite and William Catey.
His early years were spent in Seattle, and upon graduation from Washington State University with a degree in mechanical engineering, he embarked on his engineering career.
After working for Boeing for a short time, Alan's entrepreneurial side emerged, and in March 1973 he started his own company, Catey Controls in Missoula, where he was president until the time of his death. In addition to the main office in Missoula, Alan also had branches of Catey Controls in Billings and Salt Lake City.
Alan's competitive nature developed very early. His first experience at competing was with his racing pigeons that he had in high school. Later he discovered American Kennel Club retriever field trials.
Alan's greatest passions in life were his business and his champion field trial dogs. He and his brother, David, started competing in field trials in 1976 . Alan's love of this sport was matched only by the love he had for his many black Labs, including "Sam," "Leo," "Boon" and "Peke."
Alan was able to combine his business trips with his field trials on many occasions. He was looking forward to his annual trip to California and Arizona in January 2008, working his way down through Salt Lake City, and then continuing to the desert, where he could enjoy the sun and renew friendships with his wide circle of field trial friends.
He was recently given a great honor by being selected to judge the National Amateur Retriever Trial in Vermont in June 2008.
In his earlier years, Alan enjoyed hunting and camping with his horses in the mountains. He loved the outdoors, and was always looking for a perfect piece of property to buy to enjoy in his retirement. He also loved learning, and had a keen interest in history and politics.
Alan will be remembered as a very kind, loving, devoted and generous man. He will be deeply missed.
He was preceded in death by his father, William; mother, Marguerite; and grandparents.
He is survived by his brother, David and his wife Karen of Moxee, Wash.; his cousin, Mary Williams of Minneapolis; uncle, Marvis Williams of Minneapolis; and four nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his best friend and soulmate, June Lederer; and his favorite dogs, Boon and Peke.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, 100 Foss Court, Missoula, with the Rev. Chuck Lee officiating. A reception will follow in the church after the service.
Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Western Montana, P.O. Box 1059, Missoula, MT 59806, or the Western Montana Retriever Club.
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Record added: Oct 12, 2007
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