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Gerald Printz

Gerald Lynn Printz

Sunday, October 24th, 1948 - Friday, November 8th, 2019
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Gerald Lynn Printz left to be with his ancestors on Nov. 8, 2019. Born in 1948 in Hamilton to Bud and Mamie Printz, his family moved to Missoula in 1954. Early life was a hardscrabble existence of logging camps, subsistence farming, hunting and fishing. This life instilled in him a hard work ethic and a profound love of wilderness and animals. Dad was a jack-of-all-trades: a road master for the railroad, co-founder of Mammyth Bakery in Missoula, manager of a 120-acre ranch in Eureka, welder of MRI's all over the USA, and finally a Forest Service ranger leading a mule train in the Scapegoat Wilderness.

Jerry suffered many major injuries over the course of his life, including from an attack by a grizzly bear sow with cubs, but he was a tough old bugger who persevered through intense pain for decades. A proud member of the Crow Tribe, dad was a complex man...very intelligent, well-read, gregarious, and charming. He traveled the world extensively and was a great storyteller beloved by many. A piece of "Old Montana" dies with Jerry, and he will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his twin sons Jason (Stacy) and Dov (Meredith) Printz, his grandchildren Olive and Kai Printz, his brother Ron Printz and sister Jo Cumley (all of Missoula) and sister Peggy Printz of Las Vegas.
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peggy printz

Posted at 10:51pm
You were the person I copied on everything. You will always be my big brother, I know the angels are surrounding you, your hearing is better and you get to play music again. I told mom I would be there too, but she had to go first. I guess I will watch you all go just like when you all left home. I had a wonderful childhood, you were a big part of my musical devolpment. You had those drumsticks and hammered timing, beats and rhythm allover the house. I loved any music you did. You taught me the words to a song that I wanted to learn that was not a nursery rhime. It was Aretha Franklin!
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