Alan Lee Childs, 77

| December 18, 2020 7:00 AM

Alan Lee Childs, 77, born Aug. 11, 1943, died of natural causes Nov. 19, 2020.

Alan was born in Browning, but grew up in Libby with his parents, Dorothy and Lee Childs. He joined the Navy in 1963 where he became an engineman and certified diver. He attended Submarine School and became an underwater welder. He salvaged sunken ships from the ocean. He was honorably discharged in 1969.

Alan moved to Havre shortly afterward and worked for Rocky Mountain Packing Company as a butcher and also for BNSF for several years. Havre is where he met his future ex-wife, Patricia Childs. After 12 blissful years and the birth of his only child, Angela, Alan moved to Condon, where he lived out the rest of his life owning and operating a small post and pole yard.

He lived most of 35 years spending his days with Mary, enjoying the fresh mountain air, fishing, picking huckleberries, growing beautiful tomatoes, drinking beer and watching football from the comfort of his home.

Alan occasionally mumbled about his grandsons making a mess out of the shavings pile, but all in the name of love. He enjoyed their visits and the steaks they brought to BBQ on his outdoor grill.

Alan was preceded in death by his father, Lee Childs of Libby; mother, Dorothy Gibson of Libby; and brother Warren Childs.

He is survived by his daughter, Angela Childs of Havre; three grandsons; his sister, Kathy Powell of Libby; stepdaughter, Tiffany Olsen of Havre; and stepson, Gerald Wood of Portland, Ore.

A memorial will be held at a later date.