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Edmond Joseph "Ed" Violette Jr.

September 25, 1930 — August 12, 2021

Edmond Joseph "Ed" Violette passed away on August 12, 2021 at the age of 90. He was the youngest of five children. He had three brothers Sherman, Glenn and Jim and his sister Iris. He married Gloria Johnson in Polson in 1950 starting a 66-year adventure.

Ed was born in Deer Lodge on September 25, 1930. He spent his youngest years in Deer Lodge and Post Creek, Montana eventually ending up in Polson where he attended high school. He was a dedicated athlete playing football, basketball, track and golf. His high school senior picture was accompanied by the notation – “He was rarely found in study hall, but often located in the gym or on the field.”

He went on to participate in Football and Track at Montana State University and, even with his attention to sports, he graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering. He served in the Air Force where he applied his degree to research on high-frequency radio communications and the new field of computer-to-computer data transfer. After the Air Force, he applied these skills at the National Bureau of Standards (now NIST) where he was one of the early employees at the new laboratories in Boulder, CO. His early focus and dedication to sports translated to research and published papers. He finished his career with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) overseeing the installation of weather stations around the Pacific to study weather and climate change. He would let his wife (Gloria) and children (Susan, Lynee, Dan and Joseph) know that he was off to some exotic location to build a NOAA weather station. It might be Peru, Chile, Easter Island, Samoa, the Marshall Islands, or the Aleutians – he was a million-mile frequent flier before that was a thing. After the children had grown, his wife Gloria would often accompany him on these months-long work trips to the far reaches of the Pacific – occasionally living in tents or the closest village. He would bring back unique gifts for his children – tribal masks, pictures, and carved statues. It changed the family’s view of the world for which they are all appreciative.

He was a lifelong participant in sports – a fast-pitch softball pitcher on a Colorado State Champion team, and he helped organize teams to play football, basketball and softball leagues. He started playing tennis in his thirties, and went on to win several State championships in the senior divisions.

He was down-to-earth, modest, believed in helping others, generous and kind. As one example, he and his wife Gloria helped build tennis courts in low-income communities.

Upon retirement, he built a house on Flathead Lake just outside of Polson doing most of the construction himself, and he entertained his children and grandchildren with adventures on the lake and in the mountains.

He is survived by daughters Susan and Lynee, and his son Daniel who are grateful for his example of a life lived in full.

A memorial celebration will be held outdoors at the Masumola Club on Saturday August 28th at 3 p.m. The club is on Masumola Lane off of Rocky Point Road. In honor of his love for the lake, donations may be made to the Flathead Lake Bio Station (FLBS) FLBS in his name at https://flbs.umt.edu/newflbs/donations/individual-donations/
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