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John "JT" Terrence "Terry" Maki

Died: Sat., Dec. 17, 2016


Family to do services at later date


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VICTOR - John Terrance Maki (JT) (Terry) passed away 12.17.16. JT is survived by dear sister Daretta Yates, beautiful daughter Robin and son-in-law Earl, son Grant and daughter-in-law Deb, son Terry; grandkids Sean and Rachel; great grandkids Jaden, Jonny, Kylee, and Kaden; nephews Keith, and Stu; and good friend Brandy Barenz. He is preceded in death by his wife Penny, parents John and Gladys Maki, Uncle George Maki, nephew Dennis Yates, and brother-in-law Ralph Yates. JT was born 12.15.29. He was a Victor High school graduate exceling in sports. During summers he worked for the Forest Service and railroad. After high school he joined the Navy from 1949-53 during the Korean War. He was a boiler technician on a destroyer. He had many adventures in Japan, Korea, and the Philippine’s….We’ve seen the pictures! During the last half of the 50’s and 60’s he worked for the NP railroad as a manganese track welder while living mostly in Laurel MT. During that time he married Ann Lekander having three children. They met in a nightclub where Ann sang and played guitar. JT even sang harmony with her on stage sometimes. He had a great voice. Mostly his kids remember him singing opera style in a humorous way. In 1968 he took up trucking until he moved back to Victor in 1970 with his new bride Penny Garner Maki. They had 45 years together. He enjoyed fishing especially “white fishing” on the Bitterroot. He reacquainted Robin with fishing the river in 1995 when she drove up from TX. It was special time for them. After walking became uncomfortable for him he took up bicycling. Many Victor residents remember seeing him going up or down Sand Hill and Pat Dineen Hill. Once at age 78 he made it up Sunset Bench to visit his cousin. JT had 29 years of sobriety. This was very important to him. After quitting booze and tabacco he backpacked into Hidden Lake with his sons at age 58. Since his kids are now of that age they realize what an accomplishment it was for him. JT opened AA meetings in Victor for years. He visited the jail in Hamilton and the State Prison in Deer Lodge to help those with drug and alcohol problems. Valley View in Hamilton helped JT through his last years. The ravages of Alzheimer’s took him from us. Still he never lost his sense of humor or sunny disposition. The staff at VVEHCC said he always made them laugh. He always knew his kids. The last song that was played for him was “Go Rest High on That Mountain”. In the stillness of these Bitterroots he will find sweet peace and rest.

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M.H.
   Posted Tue December 27, 2016
Please accept my deepest sympathy for the Maki family. May your loving memories bring you comfort at this difficult time. Isaiah 41:10

Larry Trowbridge
   Posted Fri July 17, 2020
Terry and I were good friends We played sports forgather. I spent 20 years
in the Air Force and spent many years over seas. in England and Greenland I went by the name of Tommy at school.

Larry Trowbridge
   Posted Fri July 17, 2020
Terry, was a good high school friend of mine. I joined the Air Force and served
for 21 years. spent 4 years in England and 1 year in Greenland. Ended up stationed in Georgia, at Robins Air Force Base. I married a Georgia girl and live in Warner Robins, Ga. Thanks for the information about Terry. I went by the name of Tommy which was a nick name. God bless.

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