Swan Songs - April 2009
Edward Clarence Coyle
Edward (Eddie) Clarence Coyle of Las Vegas, NV and formerly Seeley Lake, MT passed away March 22, 2009.
Eddie was born May 5, 1910 to Lillian Pietz Coyle and Edwin Coyle in Helena, Montana, and resided in Seeley Lake, Montana until 1997.
He is preceded in death by his wife Jerrie of 56 years in 2002. They moved to Las Vegas in 1997 to be closer to their daughter Benita and son Perry.
Edward is survived by his three children, son Perry of Las Vegas, daughters Benita of Las Vegas, and Terry in California; four grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
Eddie (as friends and family called him) was truly a Montana pioneer. They owned and operated a small business (bar/restaurant/Laundromat) in the recreation resort Town of Seeley Lake for 25 years.
After retirement they ran a small trailer court until moving to Las Vegas.
Eddie was also a very accomplished amateur boxer in the late 1920s and early 1930s. His love for the sport kept him involved throughout his life as both a coach and trainer.
Eddie was also very comfortable in the wide-open spaces of western Montana; as a young man he would take people by horseback into the Bob Marshall Wilderness area during hunting season.
His second love was photography. Most of his photographs were of people who lived or worked in the Seeley Lake area and vacationers from all over the country.
As the years went by many of these people contacted Eddie to see if they could purchase their picture, he never sold them he just gave them away.
When my sister and I were little he would often joke about taking a trip over the Great Divide and of course we both were eager to go with him. But, when we got older and found out that the Great Divide was a “one-way trip” he was on his own.
Eddie lived a full, wonderful life and did it his way. He will be remembered by many as the unofficial mayor of Seeley Lake, Montana.
A memorial will be held later this summer in Seeley Lake, Montana.

Michael Joe Robinson
Michael Joe Robinson, 57, died at his home in the Swan Valley, Montana on April 16, 2009, surrounded by family and friends.
He was born July 21, 1951 in Detroit, MT, and moved to Utah at the age of 14 to live with his Uncle Frank. Starting his love affair with the west, he was born with a gun in one hand and a fishing pole in the other, an avid sportsman, always with a dog, which were many, at his side.
His house had a revolving front door which was always open, the more the merrier. He stayed in Utah, owning several businesses but could not resist the call of the wild and purchased Thunder Bow Outfitters in 1990 as an established and growing business. Since the time he had driven through the Swan Valley on a trip home from hunting in the Yaak, he told his Uncle Frank it was the most beautiful place on earth, always striving to return. He fulfilled his dream by making a living in the “Great Outdoors:.
Mike touched and enriched many lives; as the days have unfolded after his passing many stories have been told, many memories relived, of the wonderful times spent–these will live on in the lives of us all.
Mike was greatly loved and appreciated; he was so very generous and was quick to offer a hand or mentor those around him. Because of his gregarious nature, it was a guarantee he would be at all social events. He lived life to the fullest, entertaining and cooking for family and friends.
Mike loved kids, taught many how to fish and hunt, passing on his passion, zest and knowledge for life. Looking through photos to compose a montage, every picture included family, friends, fish or animals and of course his irresistible grin.
Sister and best friend Shauna said, Mike is my hero; he was the one true constant in my life.” They were very close. He may not have always agree with his Mother, but always respected and carried out her wishes.
Mike would give you the shirt off his back in a snow storm, always thinking of the other person, making sure you were OK and having the best possible experience at whatever was at hand. He brought out the best in people, making you feel important and comfortable.
he was more than generous in his support of Wildlife conservation and Hunters rights, receiving many awards from a large number of organizations. Member of Montana Outfitters and Guide Association, Life Member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Mule Deer Foundation, Safari Club International, National Rifle Association, North American Hunting Club, National Wildlife Turkey Federation, FNAWS, he was a large donor in all organizations.
Survivors include his wife and partner Bobbie Jo, sons Ron Robinson, partner, Eldee Roundy, Tyler Roundy, all of Montana; daughters, adopted niece Kimberly, Kellog, MT; Teresa Dezos, Col. Mother, Libby Brown (Dennis) UT., Father Joe Robinson (Lee) Tennessee. Sisters Shauna Wright (Wayne Wright) (Jack Burton), UT. Tina Robinson, Tenn. Brothers Ron Hier, David (Jenny) Robinson, Joey Robinson. Uncle Frank White (Beverly), Aunt (Neen) Kline. Former wives Kathy Abbott, Mary Vance. Grandchildren, Kaylun Robinson, Brandt Roundy, Connor Roundy, Josie Brewer, Michael Brewer, Colton Roundy, Dalton Roundy, Kayla Roundy, Casey Roundy, Ashley Stratton, Jordan Dezos, Edwin Dezos Jr. III. One great grandchild Kade Stratton. Nieces and nephews, Amber Rae Burton McCoard (Mike), Amy Burton Kap (Brad), Jack Burton (Heather), Libby Lou Burton (Justin Gerritsen), Colson McCoard, Mattie Kap, Abi Kap, Nikole Slot, David Robinson, Mimi Robinson, Jennifer Robinson, Joey Robinson, Mitch Robinson, Andrew Robinson, Misty Robinson, Tom Volt.
In lieu of flowers, donations to help defray final expenses will be appreciated and accepted at First Valley Bank, PO Box 720, Seeley Lake, MT 59868, 406-677-2464 in the “Mike Robinson Benefit Fund”.

John Arias
Long-time resident and friend, John Arias, died at his home in Swan Valley on April 21, 2009.
The family will have a memorial service for John this summer at a date to be announced and private family burial will be at that time.
A memorial Mass will be offered for John on Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 7 pm at Our Lady of Swan Valley Catholic Church, Highway 83 and Beck Road (MM 47-48).
Friends of John are invited to attend the Mass and the coffee social that will follow.
For more information, please call Michelle Jenkins at 754-2429.

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