On Wednesday October 17, 2018 Larry Neil Axtell, beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed away at age 82 into the loving arms of our Lord Jesus. Larry was the eldest son of Howard Elwin Axtell, and Maregareit Prest. He is survived by his loving wife Dorothy L. Francis,
Whom he married December 21, 1955. Larry and Dorothy celebrated sixty-two wonderful years of marriage, and life celebration. Larry is also survived by his brother Gary Joe Axtell. His four children Gregory Patrick Axtell (Karon), Bradley Jay Axtell (Jodi), Catherine Lynn Brangwin (Kenneth..fourth son of the heart), Jeffery Justin Axtell (Janelle), fifteen grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren.
Larry was born in Walla Walla, Washington, and attended Walla Walla High School. After this,
Larry attended Walla Walla College, WSU, and Gonzaga University Law School. He was admitted to both Montana and Washington State Bars, and Court of Appeals. Larry was a practicing Attorney forty-two years, and found great satisfaction in being in a position to help others. He served on the Montana State school board, the Civil Rights Commission, and the Lions Club.
Larry was a long time Parishioner at Saint Thomas More. He had great conviction for his Catholic faith, and his family. He enjoyed traveling. He took several trips to Europe, and especially enjoyed his time in Ireland, and Scotland. He took many trips with his family, and friends to the Bob Marshall Wilderness, and loved to share the memories of his time in the mountains. His great passion was certainly his time spent at the ranch, and his time spent with his children, and grandchildren. He was loved dearly, and will be missed by all fortunate enough to have known him.
Funeral services will be at 505 W. St. Thomas More Way at Saint Thomas More Catholic Church at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday of October 25, 2018. Reception will follow in the Parish hall. Family committal to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. A vigil service will be held at Saint Thomas More on Wednesday 24, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. If desired, donations can be made to Poor Clare Sisters. The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Bruce Cutter and his staff; and special thanks to the Rowan Internal Medicine staff.