In Memory

Sid La Tray (Paper Mill Operations Supervisor) - Class of 2010

Sid La Tray (Paper Mill Operations Supervisor)





Sid La Tray    


HUSON — Sidney Robert La Tray, 73, passed away in his sleep at his home in Six Mile the morning of Thursday, October 30, 2014.  He was born in Lewistown, Montana, on November 10, 1940, to Leo Stanley La Tray (12/25/1913 – 10/02/1996) and Ruby Katherine (Doney) La Tray (12/13/1917 – 04/23/2011).  As a child, he lived in the towns of Lewistown, Anaconda, and Hamilton, Montana.

A veteran of the United States Navy, Sid enlisted on February 13, 1958.  He was a Diesel Engine Inspector aboard the USS Acme (MSO-508), a minesweeper ship tasked with removing mines installed in the Pacific Ocean to ensure the safe passage of ships.  The ship was active in the Far East and Pacific Coast.  Sid received his Honorable Discharge on February 18, 1962.  He always spoke favorably of his time in the service, whether telling stories of the islands he visited or the discipline the Navy taught him for taking on the world once he left.

Sid married Elizabeth Sue “Becky” Pulliam on June 29, 1964, in Missoula.  They had three children together, daughters Nikki and Mitzi and a son, Chris.  The family spent their early years in Missoula, then moved to Huson in 1971, to Frenchtown in 1972, and finally to their current home up Six Mile in 1978.

In November 1966 Sid began working for the Hoerner Waldorf Corporation at its paper mill in Frenchtown. For the next 40-plus years, he outlasted additional owners Champion International, Stone Container, and finally Smurfit-Stone, who closed the mill on December 31, 2009, forcing his retirement.

When Sid left the Navy, married, and began working at the mill, his family became his life.  Very much a homebody, he didn’t travel beyond the Northwest, though he loved to go on drives all over western Montana, Idaho, and Washington.  He enjoyed helping raise a menagerie of 4-H animals when the kids were home, horses, cows, and goats at other periods, and always a motley bunch of pet dogs and cats. An endless stream of tinkering projects on various cars, trucks, and tractors kept him out in his garage as often as not, between stretches of nap-like “planning sessions”.  To anyone driving one of his vehicles (many over the years, some of which even left the driveway once they expired) or spending time in his company anywhere near Missoula, it seemed everyone recognized or knew him.

The family particularly remembers Sid for his humor, his gruff willingness to come to the rescue, and his “suffer no fools” approach to life.  He could always be counted on when the chips were down, even if those chips were the detritus of one’s own actions.  There were many catchphrases he used over and over in his life, but for us left behind, if we were to vote on a single one to be etched into stone as an epitaph, it would certainly read, “You Be Goddamn Careful”.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Sharon Crateao (Old Town, ID).  Sid is survived by brother Leo Gilbert La Tray (Plains, MT).

Sid’s wife of 50 years, Becky La Tray, remains at their home in Huson.  Also, surviving are daughters Nikki La Tray (Davenport, IA) and Mitzi Lockwood (Huson, MT, with James Whitcomb), and son Chris La Tray (Missoula, MT, with wife Julia La Tray). Iowa grandchildren include Justin and Quenton Schutter (with wives Ally and Kaylene), and great-grandchildren Elizabeth Schutter and Gage Schutter.  Montana grandchildren include Remington Lockwood and Sidney Robert La Tray II (and his mother, Laurel Lee La Tray) currently in Missoula and Mariah Lockwood (Fairbanks, AK).

Please visit son Chris' website at to leave a message for the family.  

Sid's family will hold a private memorial. Additional memorials are suggested to AniMeals.

Rest in Peace dear Friend and "You Be Goddamn Careful".

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11/01/14 02:56 PM #2    

Judi McDERMEIT (Maintenance Secretary) (2010)

Becky, my heart felt sympathy and prayers are with you and your family.  God Bless you all in this trying time.

I still have the piicture of a sunflower hanging up that Sid took and gave to me when we were working at the mill.

Judi McDermeit

11/01/14 03:11 PM #3    

Anna Maze (Third Hand No. 3 Paper Machine) (2010)

My condolence to the LaTray Family, I worked with Sid for thirty years (Paper Mill). He will be missed. Sorry for your loss.

with great regards,

Annie Maze

11/02/14 06:30 AM #4    

Bill Ellen (Third Hand No. 3 Paper Machine) (2010)

I was saddened to see that you had crossed over the great divide Sid.  I have a lot of good memories of you from 30 years of working together as papermakers.   You gave me a lot of help and support through those years.  I will miss seeing you about town.  Nikki, you had a good father and I am sure you will miss him.

Live on in our memories Sid

Bill Ellen 

11/02/14 11:31 AM #5    

Pat Staggs (Lab Utility Cleanup) (2010)

So sorry for your loss... Bernie and Pat Staggs

11/02/14 04:47 PM #6    

Neal Marxer (Technical Services Manager) (2010)

Sorry to hear of your loss. I enjoyed working with Sid. Neal Marxer

11/03/14 02:09 PM #7    

Jeannette Feltus (Wastefuel Field) (2010)

Sid you will be missed. I so enjoyed working for you while I worked on the paper machines. I know you will watch over your family from heaven. My deepest sympathy the entire family. 

11/04/14 08:11 AM #8    

Randy Loberg (Loberg) (1999)

So sorry to hear of Sid's passing.  He was not only a good friend but a mentor and I really enjoyed working with him all those years.  Sid had such a funny sense of humor once you got to know him.  I hope things go well in the future Becky, take care.

11/08/14 05:20 AM #9    

Bill Nagy (Paper Mill Superintendent) (2001)

Latray family,

Very sorry to hear of Sid's passing. Sid and I worked together fo nearly 40 years. I remember the good times and sometimes the tough times. My condolences to all of the family and friends of Sid.

Bill Nagy

11/12/14 06:47 PM #10    

Pat Marks (Maintenance Supervisor Mechanical) (2010)

Becky and family, I have worked and enjoyed this fine man for most of my time at that damn paper mill and one thing that I have learned is that Sid Latray knew, and had an opinion about every person he delt with. Sid was quite accurate with his opinions. Sid was very proud of his family, however you would never catch him bragging like some of us do. I only wish that I could have spent more time with my Sid. May my good friend, Sid rest in peace. Becky and family you have every right to be proud of your Husband, Father, and Grandfather.                                     Should any one of you want to talk, I'm here for you:  Pat Marks

11/20/14 06:14 AM #11    

Dave Peppenger (Paper Mill Supervisor) (2001)

Sid had his good side and his bad side, You didn't want to be on the bad side. Here is to the good side. Sid, you will be missed. Dave Peppenger

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