Marion Leigh Woldstad

Marion Leigh Woldstad, 89, a lifetime rancher, passed Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 21, at the Valier Lutheran Church. Burial with military honors followed in Lakeview Cemetery.

Marion was born Aug. 3, 1931, to Sigvert and Cora (Sundby) Woldstad in Valier. He was raised on the family ranch/farm north of Valier. Marion attended country school through eighth grade and graduated from Valier High School in 1950. He enlisted into the US Army and following his honorable discharge in 1953, attended various agricultural education classes. 

Marion rode with the state brand inspector and purchased the ranch north of East Glacier Park  in 1959. He married Joni Sears on Nov. 28, 1967, and together they lived and ranched in East Glacier Park until the time of his death. Marion loved working with horses and taking care of his cows.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Joni Woldstad; children, Trent (Sandy) Woldstad, of Harlowton, and Kim (Doug Jergenson) Woldstad, of Fairfield; sister, Clarice Aakre, of Conrad; grandchildren, Garret and Colter Woldstad, both of Harlowton; and numerous nieces and nephews, who had a special place in his heart.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Carol, Melvin and Selmar; sisters, Stella Risdahl, Alice Burford and Martha Stordahl.

Memorials can be made to the Valier Lutheran Church. Condolences can be made to Marion’s memorial page at