John L. Mahoney 1929-2019

Swan Song

SWAN VALLEY - John L. Mahoney passed away peacefully in his home on March 19. His was born April 17, 1929 in Harlem, Mont. He graduated from Big Fork High School in 1947.

He started his adult life working on his uncle's ranch on the Hi-Line. After he married Dorothy, he changed jobs to road construction. That field took him to Salt Lake City and the changing of careers.

He began driving truck pulling mobile homes from Salt Lake City to Minnesota. He liked driving truck so well he stayed with that field and drove many different routes. His favorite route was delivering groceries to Missoula and the Bitterroot Valley.

As retirement approached, he convinced his new wife Dee to move to the Swan. He had always loved Montana and wanted to return.

He and Dee loved living here with the beautiful scenery and the great people that live in the Swan. He started up Vern's Sawdust Factory and crafted many beautiful wooden items like birdhouses, Christmas decorations and 3-D mountain landscapes.

Dad is survived by daughter Glenda (Earl) Lacy; son Jim (Renee) Mahoney; grandsons DeJon Lacy and Jacob Mahoney; great granddaughters Bailey Ann (Kenyon) Anderson and Ashleigh (Robert) Neilson and great grandson Walker Lacy. His extended family includes stepsons Jeff (Claudia) and Steve (Barbara) Nostrom and their children; sister LaVera (Dee) Morton and several nephews and a niece.

Dad was preceded in death by his parents; wives Dorothy and DeeLane; grandson DeLon Lacy and nephew Gary Morton.

The family would like to express our overwhelming gratitude for kindness, love, care and support given to our father. We are unable to mention all of your names because we don't know them, a special thanks to: Gwen, Kristen, Elilia, Laurel, the Condon Ambulance crew, Condon Fire Department, Partners Hospice, the congregation of Condon Community Church and the wonderful neighbors and friends that were always willing to help with anything.


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