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Cy Curtis Corlett

May 26, 1947 ~ August 3, 2021 (age 74)

Obituary

Cy Curtis Corlett, 74, passed away at home with his loved ones by his side on August 3, 2021 after a long battle with cancer.

 

Cy was born on May 26, 1947 in Missoula, MT to Cy and Esther Corlett of Drummond. He grew up on the family ranch south of town and spent a lot of time playing with cousins at his grandparents’ house in Drummond. Cy graduated from Drummond High School in 1965 and continued his education at Montana State University in Bozeman, graduating in 1969 with a degree in Agricultural Business. Upon graduation, he was drafted into the United States Army, and sent to South Korea, where he supported the continued peacekeeping efforts after the Korean War. After completing his service, he worked for several years as a County Extension Agent in Great Falls, and fondly remembered his time working with 4-H kids. While in Great Falls, he met Chloe Kristine Schneider; they were married on June 8, 1973 and moved home to run the ranch with Cy and Esther in 1975. The Corlett Ranch produced registered Black Angus bulls for breeding until Cy semi-retired in 2007. Cy loved music, especially classic rock and country, playing bass in a band for many years.

 

Cy and Chloe welcomed daughter Kelsey Elizabeth Corlett on July 8, 1983. Cy spent many years attending spelling bees, track meets, basketball and volleyball games, band concerts, 4-H meetings, county fairs, and generally being a great dad.  Chloe passed away from cancer on October 11, 2008.

 

Cy found great happiness with his second wife, LeeAnn Wright, and they were married in Coeur d’Alene Idaho on June 15, 2010. Cy greatly enjoyed the dogs, cats, horses, ducks, and goats who made their home on the ranch in recent years. LeeAnn has handled the majority of the ranch’s operations while Cy was ill and will continue to do so going forward.

 

Cy is survived by his loving wife LeeAnn Corlett of Drummond, MT, daughter and son-in- law Kelsey Corlett-Rivera and Carlos Rivera, grandsons Cy and Lukas Rivera of Silver Spring, MD, and numerous cousins and friends. Cy was preceded in death by his parents, Cy and Esther, and his first wife, Chloe.

 

Cy’s family would like to thank the staff at the Community Cancer Care & Prevention Center in Missoula, MT for taking such great care of him for many years. He looked forward to his weekly visits.

 

No funeral services will be held. Cy’s ashes will be interred at Valley Cemetery, Drummond, Montana. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Cy can be made to the Community Oncology Patient Fund through the Foundation for Community Health at 2831 Fort Missoula Rd, Suite 103, Missoula, MT 59804 or online at http://www.fchwmt.org/donate/. Please consider donating blood and/or platelets via the Red Cross, as Cy received countless transfusions, which greatly improved his quality of life.

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