Martin and Nadine Mutch


Martin and Nadine Mutch


Martin and Nadine Mutch

After 66 years together, Mom and Dad went peacefully from this world to be with their loving Father.  Of course, as was her practice, Mom went first on Feb. 15, 2020. Dad followed her shortly four days later on Feb. 19. The words “Martin, hurry up” could be heard the last days of Dad’s life.

Nadine was born in Great Falls on Oct. 20, 1933, the middle child of Harold and Daisy Genger. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Ward. Nadine has three sisters: Patsy Barrett of Apache Junction, AZ, and June and Connie Genger, both of Billings. She was also a favorite aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Martin was born in Lewistown on May 23, 1932, the youngest son of Scottish emigrants, George and Elizabeth Mutch. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Bill; and sisters Agnes Lindseth and Elma Spoon.

They graduated from Fairfield High School as sweethearts, both attending the University of Montana.  Their enthusiasm for Griz football never waned. While in college, they married on June 27, 1953.

Together they raised three strong and independent children, Laurie ( Deane) Bell of Seattle; Ed (Marcy) of Billings and Scott (Kymm) Mutch of Milwaukee. Out of those unions, they had five grandchildren: Christopher (Jamie) Bell, Michael Bell, David (Sara) Mutch, Sarah (Ben) Linkenhoker and Tyler Mutch, along with four great-grandchildren.

Mom graduated with a degree in music education. Her passion for music was expressed through her teaching, as an organist, a choir director and a vocalist. As a master teacher, Nadine left a memorable touch. It was not uncommon to hear years later that she was a student’s “favorite.”

Mom was a lifelong learner. After retiring, she traveled to Egypt, floated the Grand Canyon, learned to make pottery, became a birdwatcher and was an avid gardener. She loved teaching, reading, singing, crossword puzzles, playing cards, making clam dip and shortbread cookies. She was also a “momma bear” who fiercely loved and protected her kids and grandkids.

Dad graduated with a degree in business administration. Throughout his career, Martin taught school, owned a small business, designed power systems and worked in the telecommunications industry.

Throughout his life, at work, at church or any social event, Martin was always approachable and called many a friend along the way. Dad loved driving his boat, bowling, golfing and greeting customers at The Brake Shop. One of Dad’s greatest joys was when the family was together, camping, playing games (especially cribbage!), and enjoying the holidays. Dad would do anything to support his kids and grandkids, and loved being involved in their lives in any way he could.

Mom and Dad, we are thankful you raised us as a family of faith and will always remember expressing that faith through sharing sacred music together and with others. We will always cherish our time at Canyon Ferry, and sing a longs around the piano, game time, family meal time and a host of other adventures! We have been blessed by the many years we had together. We love you dearly.

Throughout Dad and Mom’s lives, they were generous givers to a multitude of charities and faith organizations. A couple of their longtime favorites were: Montana Rescue Mission and Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.

Given the current events in our country, many friends and relatives are unable to attend the service on June 18. We want to thank Michelotti-Sawyers for hosting a video of their celebration of life service so the memory of Dad and Mom’s lives can be shared.

Celebration of life services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 18, at Grace United Methodist Church. For those unable to attend, service will be streamed at All are invited to a reception at 2 p.m. in the park shelter at Rose Park.
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  1. A beautiful narrative of two loving, kind people whom I miss dearly miss. I have so many happy memories of Aunt Deanie and visiting with Uncle Martin. I am so happy they are together again; their hearts and bodies healed and whole. Rest happily in Paradise, Deanie and Martin!

  2. I will remember with fondness the mischievous spark Deanie always had in her eyes; the way Martin always made you feel welcome and when he asked how you were, he wasn’t making small talk–he cared. I hope that everyone will find comfort in their memories.

  3. I cannot express the sorrow and heart felt sympathies I experienced when I heard of the passing of my beloved Aunt Nadine and Uncle Martin. I always thought of Martin as an older brother and Nadine a sister. I never missed a chance to stop and see them when I was in Montana There were always good conversations over coffee at their house or at breakfast at the Hog Heaven Café.
    My condolences to my cousins Laurie, Ed and Scott.
    I can’t remember when I didn’t know them. I remember going to their wedding when I was five years old. I visited them when they lived in Havre. I remember Martin saying he was so proud of me when I enlisted In the Navy. That meant a lot They will be dearly missed.

  4. As I read your wonderful story of your parents, I started reminiscing myself. I had your mother as my music teacher at Bench Elementary…..45 years ago. I remember her fondly, have always remembered her name, and have thought of her many times over the years. I cannot tell you exactly why, but she obviously made a very strong, positive impression on me. Although I know this is a difficult time, they were blessed with a long and wonderful marriage that will continue on. May the happy memories get you through this difficult time.

  5. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom and dad. They were very special people to me. I was lucky enough to spend quite a bit of time bowling and camping and just hanging out. I am the daughter of Carl and Ruth Whitmyer. Now they are united with many including mom and dad. Know my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. Scott Mutch and Family: Saddened to hear of your loss. Mrs. Mutch was valuable asset to the Havre Sunnyside School. We could always hear the piano rumbling down the hall and was glad when it stopped at our door. My years of memory at Sunnyside will always include Mrs. Mutch. Although our hearts are hurt, we will be sustained.

  7. Judi Mutch Bowes

    Uncle Martin and Aunt Nadine gave me love and kindness and I am grateful for knowing them. Although we didn’t see each other in person very often, Uncle Martin always stayed in touch by phone. I send love to my cousins Laurie, Ed and Scott and to all the family and friends who will dearly miss Martin and Nadine. May they rest together in peace and may we always remember them with great love in our hearts.

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