Martin J “Marty” McCarthy, 78, passed away on February 15, 2021 at Community Medical Center in Missoula, MT surrounded by his loving family. He battled many illnesses in recent years and did so while maintaining his amazing sense of humor . Marty was born in Anaconda, MT to Charles F. & Gertrude (Beal) McCarthy and graduated from Anaconda Central High. He began his land-surveying career with Hammond & Everly Engineering in 1964 and obtained his Montana Professional Land Surveying License in 1973. Marty was subsequently employed as Butte-Silver Bow Examining Land Surveyor and retired from The Montana Power Company as Director of Land Records in 2000.
After retiring he continued seasonal work as a pro-shop assistant at the Highland View Golf Course, which he enjoyed immensely. Marty was very active in professional organizations during his lifetime. He served as President of the Anaconda Jaycees, SW Chapter of MARLS & Montana Big Sky Chapter of IR/WA. He was very active throughout the years with Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. He served in the Army National Guard for 8 years and coached Little League for several years. His favorite hobbies included bowling and golf which he especially enjoyed playing with his brother Charlie, sons, sons-in-law and grandchildren. Marty loved to play Bingo and could be found most afternoons watching the Game Show Network and the Golf Channel.
Due to his selfless generosity and compassion, he was always willing to help anyone regardless of the situation or time of day. Marty taught his children and so many others about respect, compassion, integrity and selflessness above all else.
He met the love of his life Virginia “Gin” Skov while she was a nursing student at Warm Springs State Hospital and they married after she graduated from MSU in 1968. Together they raised four wonderful children: Erik, Ryan, Emily & Sarah.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Gert McCarthy; wife Virginia; sister Patty Ann, and father and mother in law Oscar & Dena Skov.
He is survived by his children- sons Erik (Maggie) of Missoula, MT & Ryan (Honour) of Port Orchard, WA; daughters Emily (Tom) Curran of Missoula, MT and Sarah (Scot) Washington of Billings, MT. Grandchildren Olivia Mae & Liam Thomas Curran; Rebecca Jayne & Nathan James Washington; Cassidy Frances McCarthy, and Clyde Martin & Flynn Alfred McCarthy; brother and sister-in-law Charles and Betty McCarthy of Helena; sisters-in-law Phyllis Hammermeister of Conrad and Janet Van Gelder of Sandy, UT; brother-in-law Richard Skov of Spanaway WA and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Marty’s family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Raymond Kaufman, Dr. Marwan Massouh of Butte, and in Missoula Dr. John Linford, Dr. Eric Larsen, and Dr. Shahid Chaudhary and the nursing staff of Community Medical Center for their care and compassion.
A memorial service will be held at 11 AM on Friday, May 21, 2021, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 2300 Florence Ave., in Butte. A graveside service will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Butte off of Crackerville Road near Fairmont.
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Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Marty and his family.