Frederick Jay White III

(b. 2/15/1932 -d. 6/12/2019)
Thursday, August 15, 2019
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• Fred, on a daily basis, reflected upon his fortune of being alive and with friends.

• Whenever he was asked how he was doing, his response was “I have nothing to complain about.”

• He was a man generous of spirit and extremely loving.

• Fred enjoyed a nightly toast during cocktails to “Finces” (his deceased wife) and his son Christopher (deceased).

Fred once described himself as an “Energetic, knowledgeable salesman known and respected throughout the investment casting industry.  A resourceful self-starter with over forty years of industry experience.  Purchasing agent doors and telephone lines opened when Fred White called.  He had developed a wide range of contacts in the US, Europe, UK, Ireland and Israel.”

Born on Monday, February 15, 1932 in Mill Valley, California to Elisabeth Finn White and Frederick Jay White, Jr.  Fred joined his half siblings Dennis, Lianne and Doug De LaFontaine.  Fred’s father passed away when he was 3 years old, that memory sticking with Fred throughout his life.  

Fred’s early childhood memories are of his summers spent with his aunts (mother’s sisters) and their families at their lake home in the High Sierras.  With plenty of fish in Long Lake, Fred recalled being tasked with catching enough fish to feed all the family and friends who gathered there. 

Fred lived in California, Utah, New York, Massachusetts, Oregon, Montana and many states in between.  As a young man, he moved to New York City to work for ESCO.  While there he met Elisabeth Demongeot and fell in love.  They married in 1956 and had four children – Christine (died as an infant), Christopher, Patrick and Michael.  Their adventures took them to the West Coast where Fred worked for ESCO and Precision Castparts Corp in Portland, Oregon. In 1969, the family moved to Corona Del Mar, California. Life decisions took Fred to other jobs which resulted in a divorce around 1970. This did not keep Fred from visiting the boys and their mother frequently.  

Throughout the years Fred worked up and down the West Coast, connecting with Dottie Schoonmaker from Portland, Oregon for several years (1976-1977) while commuting from Los Angeles when he worked for United Alloys.  

Sometime in the 1980s, Fred became acquainted with Shelley Sump Wyllie, Pat Haggerty’s daughter.  She introduced Fred to Pat and after ten-plus years courtship, they determined they were meant for each other.  But it would not be a simple task, as Pat wanted to live in Montana among the Beartooth Mountains and Fred was still selling metals internationally. This did not deter him because he could conduct business anywhere a fax machine and phone could be found, much to the chagrin of Pat (there were many nights Fred was on the phone in the wee hours speaking to connections in Australia).                           

In 1994 Fred and Francis “Pat” Haggerty gathered their large clans together to celebrate their marriage, and after a two-year stint in Wooster, Massachusetts they settled in the little mountain town of Red Lodge, Montana.  They spent the next twenty-four years based out of Montana yet traveled the world together.  China, Tibet, Peru, Thailand, the Amazon, Australia, and New Zealand - to name a few of their excursions.

From an early age, Fred found joy in fly fishing, camping and the outdoors.  This he shared with his boys – Christopher, Patrick and Michael, passing the same excitement on to his grandchildren as they explored the Beartooth Mountains in Montana.  Many were the times Fred and Pat would pile the grandkids into their Jeep or Van to climb up the Beartooth Highway in search of a hidden mountain lake to throw in a line and share a picnic.  Such glorious days in the sunshine would end with a BBQ, a glass of wine, Fred as Chef Extraordinaire, and, before bed, a dip in the hot tub.  

Fred leaves a legacy of eleven grandchildren – Graham and Gabrielle White; Dexter White; Mihail (Rachel), Moira (Jesse LaPlante) and Shea Kennedy; Killian, Riley and Delaney Sump; Sarah (Ryan) Lane and Liza Hess.  Proudly he boasts one great-granddaughter, Elsa Kennedy.

Preceding Fred are his wife, Francis “Finces” Pat Haggerty-White and his eldest son, Christopher White.

We wish to thank Frank Montiel and the wonderful staff of MorningStar Senior Living for their loving attention and care that allowed Fred to “come home” and be with those he loved most.  Stillwater Hospice provided exceptional care, keeping Fred comfortable during his final journey.  Fred would be the first to say, “Job well done!”  

In keeping with Fred’s philosophy, “I am truly fortunate to have you all”, he would encourage anyone wishing to give to a charity in his name to share your generosity with one of the following or a charity of your choice:

Calvary Episcopal Church, PO Box 348, Red Lodge, MT  59068


Foundry Educational Foundation, 1695 N. Penny Lane, Schaumburg, IL  60173

Services will be held Saturday August 24, 2019 at 11 AM at Calvary Episcopal Church in Red Lodge, Montana.


Upcoming Events

  • Monday, September 16, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.
  • Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Clarks Fork Group meets at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall, north end of Montana Avenue, Thursday at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, September 20, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Rock Creek Group meets Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Calvary Church, 9 N Villard, Red Lodge.
  • Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 11:30am
    Ross Orchards, located at 111 North Street in Fromberg, is proud to announce the opening of a farm stand this Fall. The orchard will be open Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays noon - 5 p.m. starting Sept. 21 and closing Oct. 13. The orchard is working in conjunction with the Last Chance Pub and Cider Mill and Red Lodge Ales to offer fun, family-friendly events.   Every weekend apples, fresh apple cider pressed with apples from the orchard, apple pastries, local honey, food, hard cider, and beer will be available.  There will also be pumpkins and a variety of local produce for sale. Additionally, each weekend will have a different event. Sept. 21 - 22 – Cider and Salutations yoga 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Sept. 28 – A farm to table dinner at 5 p.m. catered by the Last Chance Pub’s chef Kevin McNourlin. The dinner will feature local foods paired with cider. Contact to reserve seats (limit 40) Oct. 5 - 6 - Kidz Dayz. Bounce house, pumpkin carving, face painting and tractor rides through the orchard. Oct. 12- Orchard run 5k. A family-friendly run/walk through Ross Orchards. Visit to sign up. Sam Hoffmann, President of Red Lodge Ales, remarked, “it has been fun to get to know John, Laura, Hilary, and Elizabeth Ross over the last ten plus years. Together we have pruned, picked apples, and made cider on a home brew level and now commercially. We are proud to share our work with the public.” John Ross, owner of Ross Orchards, adds, “The orchard has always been a source of pride and happiness for me.  Our family has enjoyed working with Sam and Lindsey Hoffmann and their employees. We look forward to the success of Orchard days.” Contact for more info: John Ross 406-671-9614,; Sam Hoffmann 406-425-4607,; Lindsey Hoffmann 406-425-3734,  

The Carbon County News

Street Address:

11 N. Broadway, Red Lodge, MT 59068

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 970, Red Lodge, MT 59068

Phone: 406-446-2222

Fax: 406-446-2225

Toll-Free: 800-735-8843

Open: Monday-Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.