Walton Thomas Laird, beloved husband of Priscilla Laird, passed away peacefully at home on November 18, 2014 at the age of 85 years. Besides his loving wife of 60 years, Walton will be missed by his children, Michael (Linea) and their children Erin, Kristin, & Colin, Patricia (Steve) and their children Daniel and Sean, and Lisa.
Walton was born on March 26th, 1929 to Glenn and Nina Laird of Miles City, Montana. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers Bev, Bill, Glenn, and Loren, and three sisters Florence, Joyce, and Muriel.
Walt grew up in Miles City, Montana working with his dad and brothers in the family ice business. He graduated from Custer County High in 1947, and was soon after attending college when he was called away by his service in Korea from 1950 to 1952 in the 40th Infantry Division. Walt married Priscilla Russell, December 21, 1953, in Lethbridge, Alberta. The couple then returned to live in Missoula, Montana while he finished his education. Walt graduated from the University of Montana in 1956 and was a proud member of the 1954 Grizzly football team. Upon graduation, he and Priscilla moved to Conrad, Montana where Walt taught and coached at the high school. In 1960, they moved to Billings where Walt took a position as a teacher and coach of multiple sports, including serving as head football coach at West High School. Following his tenure at West he served as a School District #2 administrator where many treasured friendships were forged. Walt retired and began the next chapter of his life in 1993.
Walt was a devoted husband and caring father, grandfather, and friend. He was an Elk. He spent many years enjoying the game of golf, fishing and hunting. He taught his children and grandchildren the values of friendship and family. To celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary, Priscilla and Walt traveled to Costa Rica with their family in March of 2014.
Walt’s life will be celebrated with a memorial service on Saturday, November 29 at 1pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 2420 13th Street West. Following the memorial service, friends and family are invited to further share this day in the Fellowship Hall. Memorials may be given to First Presbyterian Church, the University of Montana or the charity of choice.