Hunter Huvel Allie Bolton, 93, only surviving child of Hunter Bolton and Amanda Jane Hunt Bolton, died September 27, 2012, at Billings, Montana.
Hunter was born March 9, 1919, in Hysham, Montana. The family homestead was located at Sarpy, Montana. Hunter, the youngest of eight siblings, never knew his father who died in the influenza epidemic of 1918.
Hunter attended elementary school in Hardin, Montana, and Hot Springs, South Dakota. He graduated in 1937 from Hardin High School. He attended Butte Business College from 1937-1939. In 1942, Hunter joined the navy. He worked in the Navy Recruiting Office at Fort Harrison in Helena, Montana, doing clerical work. From there, he went to Butte, Montana, where he worked under Chief Robert Westphal, enlisting Waves, 17-year-olds, and men over 38 years of age for the Seebees. He was eventually shipped out to Bremerton, Washington, to Treasure Island in San Francisco, and on to Pearl Harbor. After a few months, he was assigned to Commander Chester W. Nimitz’ staff to work in public relations. When Nimitz moved his headquarters to Guam, Hunter volunteered to go with him. While on Guam, Hunter met Henry Fonda and Jack Dempsey. He left Guam on December 10, 1945.
In June of 1949, Hunter was hired as a security guard at Los Alamos, New Mexico. In this capacity, he patrolled site areas for security and made trips all over the United States with classified materials and/or documents. Eventually, he applied for the Horse Patrol whereby he patrolled the Los Alamos grounds on horseback. He was transferred later to the Sandia Base in Albuquerque.
Hunter was present at the first above-ground testing of the atomic bomb. He was one of six security inspectors who set up radio headquarters on Frenchman’s Flat, 40 miles from Las Vegas. He and others patrolled the area to keep people out. When the bomb was dropped, he and his security companions were in a trench two miles away.
In addition to his military and civil service, he worked as a movie extra on two films, Two Flags West starring Noah Beery, Jr. and Linda Darnell, and Atomic City with Barry Sullivan.
From 1953 to 1956, Hunter was a field auditor for the Montana Public Employees’ Retirement System. He and his brother Ted engaged in several business ventures including the ownership of the Prairie Diner in Custer, Montana, and the Murdi Apartments in Hardin, Montana.
Hunter was married to Grace Marilyn Watkins on June 24, 1967. Mrs. Bolton passed away in December of 2010. Hunter and Marilyn lived for a time in Prescott Valley, Arizona, and most recently in Quartzsite, Arizona. At the time of his death, Hunter was living with his great-niece Alix Johnson and her husband Blair.
Hunter was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, and his siblings Allie, Glenn, Bernard “Ted,” Lona Pearl Bolton, Neevle, Mayma Bolton Lammers, Minta Bolton Harnagel, and William “Hal.”
He is survived by one nephew Lennis Lammers of Knoxville, Tennessee, and several great nieces and nephews including Mickey Unverzagt, Alix Johnson, Patrice MacDonald, Kenneth Gore, and Sean Small. He is also survived by a special great-great niece Noelle Munter-St. John.
The family would like to thank Dr. Michael Hasselle, Dr. Lisa Bland, and Dr. Julian Gnecco of the Billings Clinic, the Billings Clinic Cancer Center, and Rocky Mountain Hospice.
Graveside services with military honors will be held Friday, October 5, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at the Fairview Cemetery in Hardin, Montana, with the Reverend Daniel Rinderknecht officiating. Military Honors will be provided by the American Legion of Hardin and the United States Navy.