William Duffield

William H. Duffield (Willie), 58, of Forsyth passed away peacefully in his sleep Jan. 11, 2013 in Helena where he was preparing for the 2013 legislative session.

Willie Duffield
Willie Duffield

Posted January 23, 2013

William H. Duffield (Willie), 58, of Forsyth passed away peacefully in his sleep Jan. 11, 2013 in Helena where he was preparing for the 2013 legislative session.

He was born Aug. 10, 1954 to Merritt and Bonita (Braun) Duffield in Baker. Willie grew up in Baker and attended Fertile Prairie country school and Baker High School. After high school, Willie made Baker his home east of Baker where he operated a small farm while raising three children: Shodd, Summer and Braden. During this time, he also owned and operated his own tractor trailer and received his pilot’s license. He then got a job with Fallon County on their road department. In 1985, Willie was elected county commissioner of Fallon County where he served two terms.

Willie had a love for politics and an incredible wealthy of knowledge about the oil, gas and coal industry which led him to his current position as executive director/lobbyist for the Montana Association of Oil, Gas & Coal Counties, Inc. (MAOGCC). Willie’s overwhelming knowledge of this industry and devotion to his job and the people of Montana will leave a void by his untimely passing. As a lobbyist for over 25 years, he has spent many sessions in Helena and made many wonderful friends and allies along the way.

Willie is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Joan; her two children, Bailey and Kenzie Stahl, all of Forsyth; a daughter, Summer (Bobby) Ewalt of Baker; his sons, Shodd Duffield of Williston, N.D. and Braden Duffield of Whitehall; sister Linda (David) Knudtson; brothers, John (Kaye) of Rapid City, S.D., Mickey of Baker, Dennis (Paula) of Bismarck, N.D.; his mother, Bonita Duffield, of Baker; and two granddaughters, Autumn of Baker and Ashley of Billings; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Willie was a wonderful husband, companion, father, grandfather and friend. He will be missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his brothers Doug, Kenny and Keith; his sisters Pam, Sharon, and Amy; and his father Merritt.

      



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