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Dillon, Montana

Dale B. "Pete" Waylett 


Dale "Pete" Waylett 1949 - 2003

Dale B. "Pete" Waylett 
1949 - 2003

Pete Waylett died unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday, July, 16, 2003. Pete was born on April 18, 1949, to Harry and Nellie Waylett of Libby, Montana. He received his elementary education in Libby, graduating from high school in 1967. Pete attended Western Montana College of Education on an athletic scholarship where he competed in basketball, football and track. He graduated from Western Montana College and Montana State University.

For the past 32 years Pete taught elementary and middle school student in the Dillon Elementary School District. He touched the lives of the hundreds of students who were in his classes. 

One of the loves of Pete's life was basketball. He spent 30 years refereeing basketball from the junior high level to college. He served as an NAIA official for 23 years and was a highly respected NCAA Division I Official for the past 19 years.

Pete was a member of the Montana National Guard. He retired with the rank of Major after 23 years with the Guard.

Pete and his wife Donna shared their passion for horses. Pete was a past director of the Montana State Horse Show Association, a member of the Montana Quarter Horse Association and a life member of both the American Quarter Horse Association and the American Paint Horse Association. Pete served Beaverhead County on the Fair Board for 16 years.

He is survived by his wife Donna, his son, Tyler, his daughter Randi Wickens, her husband Travis, and their son Coy, and by his brothers Dan and Don. His parents, Harry and Nellie, preceded him in death.

Memorials may be made to Beaverhead County Fair Board to be used to support youth activities. At Pete's request there will be no services.


Our sincere sympathies to Pete's family. His enthusiasm, energy and caring had touched many lives. My first thought upon hearing of his death was disbelief that our world no longer has Pete in it. The next thought was disbelief of Donna and Pete no longer being together.

Somewhere, under a bluer sky, 

In a higher realm than where eagles fly, 

In a land of beauty beyond our knowing, 

With trees and flowers and waters flowing, 

And mountains of unearthly grace, 

Our loving Lord has made a place... 

And one day, through an opening door, 

We find that glorious evermore.

May the Lord also grant peace unto the hearts of Pete's dear family to help them with their tragic loss. 

A quote from Henry Scott Holland "I have only slipped away into the next room, I am I and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by my old familiar name. Speak to me in the easy way which you always used. Play, smile, think of me. All is well." 


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