David died unexpectedly of natural causes on August 31, 2023 at his Butte, Montana home. Our beloved brother was born December 24, 1963 in Helena, Montana where he continued to live until high school. He moved to Plentywood where he graduated as a Plentywood Ranger in 1983. He then attended DeVry Institute in Phoenix, Arizona before returning to Montana. He lived in Helena until relocating to Butte, Montana in 2008.
In Butte, David could be found driving the zamboni at the Cobra and Montana Tech hockey games, sweeping, and volunteering at Butte’s many festivals and the Montana Music Festival. He was often accompanied by Juno, his four-legged best friend, who proceeds him in death. David worked at Mergenthaler Transfer and storage prior to going to work for the Franz family. He continued to work there until his death.
David is survived by his brother Paul Cartin; sisters, Donna (Bob) Church of Helena, and Linda (Harold) Eberle of Yakima, WA; nephew, Jason Cartin (Erin Martin) of Butte; nieces, Lacey (Bobby) Keech of Helena, Cassie Church (Brandon Packman) of Bend OR; great niece, Abbi Keech of Helena; and Floyd and Delores Sayler of Butte.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Lila Cartin, and father, Clarence Cartin.
Memorials in honor of David may be sent to the Butte Irish Hockey Team, 200 LaSalle St, Butte, Montana 59701.
David’s family invites you to come hang out, share a story and a toast to David in celebration of his life on Friday, September 22, 2023, 2-4 pm at Metals Sports Bar and Grill, 8 W Park St. Butte MT.
Corb Lund was his one his favorite musicians and he wrote this lyric:
The rodeo’s over, the folks have gone home
And the cowboys are all down the road
Well boys, she was a good un, we kicked a hole in the sky
And even the rank ones got rode
It was as wild as they come and it was almighty western
And none of us thought it would end
But finish it did, with a bang and a whisper
And now i must leave you my friend
We may do it again in some future season
But somehow it won’t be the same
Cuz our draws will be different and our injuries healed
And it’s likely the weather will change
So take from the lessons and be glad for the memories
Of the days that we rode in the sun
For after today, there’ll be no man can claim
That we didn’t have us a good run
So burn all the blankets and dry all the tears
We can always go further out west
And i’ll meet you out there in the vastness somewhere
I swear it but first i must rest
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Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services is privileged to care for David and his family.