Elton Ross Hoyt, age 84, passed away on January 23, 2023, at St. Luke Community Hospital in Ronan. He was born on June 21, 1938, in Polson to E. Edward and A. Blanch (Howell) Hoyt.
He graduated from Polson High School in 1957. He was in the National Guard for 7 ½ years. He married Darline Joyce in 1966 and they raised 2 sons, Chris and Tom. Chris was born in October 1967 and Tom was adopted in 1974. In 2013 they adopted their daughter Tammy.
Ross was a rancher, self-employed Building Contractor, and Backhoe Operator. He retired and spent his time wood working. Ross had two passions: one of which was making sure we had a fire hall and in 1980 he and a lot of volunteers built the Big Arm Fire Hall. Ross volunteered for 20 years. He also helped to renovate the Big Arm School to use as a community center.
He was preceded in death by his son Chris in 2009.He is survived by his wife Darline, son Tom (Angel), daughter Tammy (Reidy), three grandsons and two great-granddaughters and an aunt Jessie Wienderlich of Valier, MT.