James Dutton, 70

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James “Frito” Dutton

DUTTON, JAMES R., “FRITO” - 1948-2018 - On Tuesday, April 24, an avid stock-market watcher lost his battle with cancer. On the news of Frito’s passing, stock prices fell sharply; however, it is anticipated the market will return to average prices soon.

Frito took fashion cues from no one. His signature every day look was all his: a tank-top with the latest logo, his saggy ole Bermuda shorts worn on his hips often purchased in bulk at Costco and old worn out flip flops often paired with a sweat-stained ball cap. He spent a lot of time enjoying a cold one with his buddies, educating the crew at coffee, and walking his rescue dog, Finnegan.

Frito’s most talked about careers were with Frito Lay where he worked and drove his truck for 25 years. He made a multitude of friends in the surrounding communities as he earned his way to retirement. He also chauffeured Forsyth School teams to a multitude of activities. He especially enjoyed the long drives up to Kalispell. He loved being with the kids and being a “Dogie”. Frito enjoyed being able to travel to distant places with his wife and enjoyed traveling to build relationships with his grandkids.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 25 years Sheila, his daughter Denise (Thomas), and Sheila’s children Paul, Whitney, Johnna (JC), Kathy (Mike), Damon, Misty (Willie), and Brandy (Charlie) and all his grandchildren Cynthia, Korbin, Madison, Michael, Melissa, Danielle, Chasmine, Ryan, Marshall, Elena, Marissa, Brady, and Isabella.

While his whole family is deeply saddened by Grandpa’s passing, there is a rumor floating around that he told some the nurses at Billings Clinic that this was all just an elaborate plan to get out of mowing the lawn. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

On a serious note, we would like to extend our most sincere thanks to Dr. Jesus Fabregas and the staff at Billings Clinic as well as the staff at Highgate at Billings for the amazing care given and the compassion shown in Jim’s final days.

Services will be held on May 4th at 11:00 a.m. at Stevenson and Sons Funeral home. As per his wishes, a “Praise Frito Coffee/Cookie Party” - a celebration of his life -- will be held after the Grave side Service on May 4, 2018 at 12:00. The address for Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home is 245 Westwind Lane or P.O. Box 374, Forsyth, MT, 59327. We would really like to share some of your best memories of Frito at the “Praise Frito Party”. So please take a moment and share your memories with us on-line at www.Stevenson-andSonsFuneralHomes.com

As expressions of sympathy the family would appreciate donations to any cancer research fund of your choice.