Joseph Harold Jette

November 23, 1940 ~ October 14, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old

Joseph Jette Obituary

Joseph Harold Jette, known to family and friends as Harold, quietly passed from this life on October 14, 2023, at the age of 82. He was a beloved husband, father grandfather, and a cherished member of the Deer Lodge community.

Harold was born on November 23, 1940, in Deer Lodge, Montana, to Joseph and Helena (Harold) Jette.

Harold's life was deeply rooted in the Deer Lodge Valley. His parents purchased a ranch there when he was just five years old, and it was on this land that he spent most of his life. He was raised alongside his twin sister, Donna (Hoppe), and brothers Alford "John" and David.

Harold's journey through life was marked by hard work and a love for the outdoors. He began his laborious journey on the family ranch, where he toiled alongside his family. As a young man, he joined the workforce at the Anaconda Company ranch at the tender age of 16, starting a lifelong career that spanned different roles within the company.

Throughout his life, Harold dedicated himself to various occupations in Montana's mining industry. He worked in the mines of Butte and the Anaconda smelter and Butte concentrator as a laborer. His unwavering commitment and strong work ethic defined him as a dependable and industrious individual. He retired from mining in 1998.

In 1961, Harold married his beloved Carol (Wekkin), and together they raised two sons, Troy and Terry, in Anaconda. Their love and partnership endured for over six decades, a testament to their enduring bond.

In 1978, Harold and Carol made a pivotal decision to purchase the Jette family ranch from Harold's mother. His time was filled with tending to the land, growing feed for the cattle, and managing a diverse range of animals, from chickens and turkeys to pigs. He even had a pair of draft horses that he worked with on occasion. The ranch was not just a place of work but also a source of cherished memories, especially with his family and friends.

Beyond his dedication to ranching and mining, Harold had a deep passion for the outdoors. No matter the season, you could always find him enjoying his four-wheeler, boat, or snowmobile. These were the moments when he found solace and joy in nature.

Harold was best known for his quick-witted humor, unwavering determination, and generous spirit. He touched the lives of many with his kindness and charisma.

Harold is survived by his loving wife, Carol, their two sons Troy (Rhonda) and Terry, and bonus son Paul Heitt-Rennie (Darin) and brother, David. He leaves behind four cherished grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, who will forever carry his memory in their hearts.

A memorial service, organized privately by family in honor of Harold will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2023, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Racetrack Volunteer Fire Hall, located at 6887 S Frontage Rd, Deer Lodge, MT 59722. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks that those who are able donate to honor his memory.

Harold’s life was a testament to the values of hard work, love, and dedication, and he will be deeply missed by all who knew him. He has left an indelible mark on the Deer Lodge community and the hearts of his loved ones.

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Memorial Service
October 28, 2023

1:00 PM
Race Track Valley Firehall/Community Center
6887 S Frontage Rd.
Deer Lodge, MT 59722


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