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Del Cameron

Died: Sat., Jan. 4, 2020


Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Jan. 10, 2020
Location: Whitesitt Funeral Home


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STEVENSVILLE Del Cameron 85, of Stevensville MT went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on January 4, 2020 with his son Justin Cameron and family by his side. Del spent 50 years and made his living in the rugged Rockies hiking over vast wilderness mountains, through virgin forests and countless deep canyons hunting and guiding hunters. He was born in Findlay, Ohio on May 2, 1934 to Oakland and Delight Cameron, the second of three children having an older sister and a younger brother. He became a Christian at an early age, was a Boy Scout who earned the rank of Eagle Scout, became graduate taxidermist at the age of 16 and built his first cabin in his grandfather's woods a year later. He graduated from Findlay Sen ior High School in 1952, and in 1954 married his high school sweetheart and best friend, Martha (Kit) Bradley. They had their 63rd wedding anniversary in 2017 just 12 days before Kit 's death. Del volunteered for the US Army in 1955 before going on with his life. He received Solider of the Month award from his Battalion Headquarters at Fort Bragg, NC in 1956 and an Honorable Discharge in 1957. After his military service, Del saw his birthplace getting crowded and didn't want to be fenced in. Being of pioneer stock, the free roaming Cameron's always went westward so in 1957 with his faithful wife and eight month old son, Brad, they traveled west to the Land of Shining Mountains, the Big Sky country of fewer people. The mountains of western Montana became home where he blazed his own trails and made his own way. He worked in the timber industry and was continually in the mountains of western Montana hunting fall big game, winter mountain lions, and spring bear. Del graduated from the University of Montana at Missoula in 1962, taught High School science at Three Forks, Montana for one year and was Principal at Woodman School near Missoula another year before working for the Missoula Count y Surveyor a year where he surveyed the sit e for the present day Seeley Lake High School. He was then hired as a forester for the Northern Pacific Lands Department in Missoula where he worked in timber management. Del was a natural outdoorsman. His love of hounds, success in big game hunting and his knowledge of the forests and wildlife led him to start his own outfitting business in 1966 with hunting camps in the Lolo and Bitterroot National Forests. Not only hunting in the fall but also during the winter and spring with summer trips also, he was one of the very few in the entire West who had a strictly year around hunting business as a big game outfitter and wilderness guide. Del started his own School for Guides in Montana which was the fi rst of such schools to be licensed by any state. Besides t raining men from all walks of life, in 1975 the Department of the Army 10th Special Forces hired him to train them his packing techniques and outdoor skills for their Mountain Warfare Training program . He received a Special Forces commendation for this work and these techniques were still being used by Special Operations and Navy Seal units forty years later. In the 1960's and 1970's, Del had several hunting stories published in outdoor magazines. And as a game wise naturalist, he was the first to identify and report from first hand evidence that black bears die in their dens from extremely long, cold winters. And he was the only one of all the wildlife researchers who determined how to identify the sex of treed mountain lions which became a management tool used by several western state game departments. In 1999 he wrote a book about his hounds and his life hunting them that became a classic and was sold in every state as well as around the world and is still in print. Del shared t hose wonderful years together with his lif elong partner and wife, Kit and they raised t wo sons Brad and Just in, while outfitting from their home in the Ratt lesna ke area of M issou la, then a small spread near Clinton, MT t hen their ranch near Victor, MT and finally their home east of Stevensville, MT. Del did his ow n shoeing and packing of their 40 head of horses and mules, and did his ow n packing and guiding on hunts, hiring extra help when needed while his wife was the cook at home for guests and stayed home to handle the business, correspondences, family and kennel of hounds when Del was in the Montana and Idaho wilderness. In later years, being a fr eedom loving man, he got disgusted with government rules and restrictions and quit his wilderness outfitting but continued to hunt, raise and sell his nationally recognized st rai n of hounds for another 20 years. As time permitted he and Kit traveled throughout the Rocky Mountain states, camping in the mountains and especially enjoying friends and mountain country in their favored Arizona and New Mexico. In his last years, Del spent most of his time at the family's home and cabin at the foothills east of Stevensville where deer, elk, turkey, partridge, and other wildlife frequented his property and where he was surrounded by mountains with a w id e view of the Bitterroot range. With closed roads and locked gates, restrictions on wilderness travel, and forests being destroyed by fire and insects, Del felt he had outlived the wilderness mountains that he loved to roam, but was content that he had lived his dreams like few others and had seen the best of it. Del wrote a Christian column in a hound publication every month for twenty years, sharing the love of the Lord to many, who might not have otherwise known. Del always gave God credit for his life and served his Lord until Jesus led him home. "For God so loved th e world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life." Del is preceded in death by his wife, his parent s and his sister. He is survived by his sons Brad Cameron (Liz) of Corvallis, MT and Justin (Vel) Cameron of Stevensville, MT, 2 grandsons Connor and Dawson, 3 granddaughters, Allison, Shailee and Shawnte', as well as his younger brother in Ohio and numerous nephews and nieces. Memorial services will be held January 10, 2020 at t he Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville at 11:00 am with burial and military honors to fo llow at S evensville Riverside Cemetery where he will lay beside his beloved wife. There will be a no-host lunch at the Frontier Cafe in Stevensville following graveside services for t hose who would like to come and fellowship and celebrate his life.

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Ray and Barb Cebulski
   Posted Tue January 07, 2020
We were so sorry to hear of Dels passing , we did not know he was ill. He was a good friend, and we always enjoyed our visits with him and Kit. We will try to make the services for him. Sincerely, Ray and Barb

Shari Cameron
   Posted Thu January 09, 2020

DISH GARDEN WITH FRESH FLOWERS was sent by Shari Cameron .


Shari Cameron
   Posted Thu January 09, 2020

Peace Lily was sent by Shari, Connor and Dawson .


The Ellis Family
   Posted Thu January 09, 2020
Our sincere condolences and prayers for the family and friends of Del. May God wrap you all in his love, providing comfort and peace through these difficult days. Even though we reside in Michigan Del's presence was in our home. His articles and book are a treasured collection in our house. My husband through his years as a young hound hunter, with dreams of big game hunting in the mountains with hounds one day, saved any articles he could about notorious houndsmen. He familiarizd himself with any information he could of one "Legendary" houndsman, Del, and his hound breeding. I was soon familiarized with all the history and background of the intriguing men. Back in 2007 when my husband fell severely ill, Del's book and kind words helped to lift my husband's spirits and our hope of continuing on with a family tradition of hunting with hounds and our children. We found the faith and had hope that a full recovery would happen and we'd soon be back in the woods and at the tree. Del wrote a personal note back and sent along a signed copy with a message of The Call Of The Hounds. It has been read numerous times outloud to my husband Brent and our children, Mackenzie and Steven. We are forever thankful for his words and hope. Del will be sadly missed and always remembered. Peace too all. With love: The Ellis Family

Carola Woolsey Mielke
   Posted Thu January 09, 2020
Another Library has closed. Loved my quick visits with Kit and Del, and later just Del. They were an amazing couple always willing to share their adventures.
Hope he and Kit find a big open meadow on top of a mountain surrounded by tall pines to stroll in hand in hand forevermore

RICK WAGONER
   Posted Thu January 09, 2020
JUST HEARD THE NEWS CONCERNING THE LOSS OF MR. DEL CAMERON. MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE FAMILY . HAVE TALKED TO DEL SEVERAL TIMES IN YEARS PAST CONCERNING HIS LOVE OF HIS HOUNDS AND THE OUTDOORS. A GREAT LOSE TO OUR SPORT OF HOUND HUNTING NATION WIDE. REST IN PEACE DEL CAMERON.

David & Bonnie Lawrence of Vernon BC Canada
   Posted Thu January 09, 2020
We were just talking about Del a couple of weeks ago. Wondering how he’s doing. Back in the eighties we travelled to pick up our Bluetick hound puppy from Del. It was such an honour to meet Del and his lovely wife kit. Our first time meeting them felt like we had known them forever. And that’s just how Del and Kit treated us like long loss family. There was so many stories and adventures shared that day by two men and their love of hunting, fishing, back wood adventures and of coarse their love of their hounds. Listening to them talk and share it was like they were in another world of their own. The laughter and chuckles coming from those two was so sweet to hear. It was infectious even Kit and I joined in on the laughter. We are both saddened to hear of Dels passing. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to the children and families of this wonderful soul. Hugs n love to all. ❤️❤️❤️ May the creator hold you close and comfort you during this hard time.

Derek Pike
   Posted Fri January 10, 2020
My condolences Del was a great man. And i I’d mired him from the time I first met him. He was a great houndsman and helped me a lot. May God bless his family as they move forward. 9

Justin Cameron
   Posted Fri January 10, 2020
The family of Del Cameron would like to thank all that have written and offered condolences, and all those to come who may hear later of his passing. We very much appreciate your kind words and stories, as he will be greatly missed around here. We take comfort in the knowledge that he’s with Mom now, where he’s longed to be since her departure from this world, free of any suffering and enjoying peace love and joy beyond our understanding. Thanks so much for your support and kindness, as it means the world to us. God bless you all.

Sherry Curtis
   Posted Sat January 11, 2020
Justin and family, sorry to hear of the passing of your father. I am glad he had you close in his final time.

Gregg Cunningham
   Posted Sat January 11, 2020
My deepest condolences to the family of Del Cameron. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you. As a fellow breeder of Blueticks for more than 40 years, my hats off to legendary breeder of his strain of big game Blueticks. Del set an example in his Love of the Lord and Christian faith. He left his mark!

Respectfully,

Gregg and Tamie Cunningham. Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Dana Robinson
   Posted Sat January 11, 2020
Just wanted to let the Cameron family know that I'm thinking about Del and my communications with him over the years.
Never got to meet Del but felt like I did get to know him. As a keeper of Bluetick hounds,member of the Bluetick Breeders and Coonhunter's Assoc. we did exchange some correspondence.
I have an autographed copy of the Call Of The Wild and a short note he included with it.
Del ,was one of a kind. Glad to have the assurance that he is with The Lord in Heaven. He had a great witness for Jesus.
In Christ's name.
Dana Robinson

Les Clark
   Posted Thu January 16, 2020
Condolences to your family. I happened to be thinking of Del and looked him up to see he just passed away. I was just thinking about my time in 1974 when I was a student of Del’s guide school. It was a time I will cherish for the rest of my life. I remember Justin being a fan of the 6 million dollar man and he would run around the barnyard playing Steve Austin.
God Bless You

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