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Lolo resident Gary Lee Noble went to be with the Lord on Monday, October. 13, 2008, at the age of 42.

Gary was born June 12, 1966 in Medford, Ore. The family was in Hillsboro, Ore., when Gary began his schooling. At 17, the family moved to Colfax, Wash., where he completed high school.

Shortly after graduating, he married Teresa Hueener, and entered the U.S. Army. After a military injury, Gary was honorably discharged in 1988, and returned to Colfax. In 1991, Gary and his family moved to Clarkston, Wash., and he began his career as a police officer, serving at Washington State University, City of Clarkston, and the Rescue Diving Team.

In 1999, he moved to LaGrande, Ore., to pursue his dream of becoming an athletic trainer. He graduated from Eastern Oregon University in 2001 with his B.S. in P.E. and health with an emphasis in athletic training.

That same year, Gary married the love of his life Jeannette Berglund on June 23, Gary and Jeannette then moved to South Dakota, where Gary furthered his education at Northern State University in Aberdeen. In August 2002, Gary graduated with honors, with a M.S. degree in teaching and learning. They then moved to Anderson, Ind., where Gary completed his coursework for a doctorate in adult education.

In August 2005, they moved to Jefferson City, Tenn., where Gary held the position of Director of the Athletic Training Department at Carson Newman College. In March 2007, Gary accepted a position in Montana as durable medical equipment coordinator at an orthopedic office. Gary and Jeannette’s youngest long-awaited son, Thatcher J. Noble, was born on April 10, 2007.

Gary loved spending time with his three sons Matthew, Aaron and Thatcher. His children and his wife were of top priority and they enjoyed family times of camping, fishing, hunting and playing card games. Jeannette and Gary were actively involved at Cornerstone Ministries. This year Gary spent time at Missoula 3:16, School of Christ, where his outlook on life was dramatically changed. He was currently involved in classes to help other’s who were struggling with addictions.

Gary enjoyed practicing and instructing judo, and had been a volunteer firefighter and EMT. Gary will be greatly missed and remembered by his family and friends as a God loving and giving man.

He is survived by his wife, Jeannette of Lolo; his sons, Matthew of North Carolina, Aaron of Clarkston, Wash., and Thatcher of Lolo; his parents, Dave and Linda Noble of Baker City, Ore.; his sister, Anna Christiansen of Sanger, Texas; his brother, Jon Noble of LaGrande, Ore.; and his grandparents, Jim and Virginia Lampkins of LaGrande.

A graveside service with military honors will be held 2 p.m. Friday, October. 17, at Western Montana Veteran’s Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. October. 18, at Cornerstone Ministries in Lolo.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are to be made to Missoula 3:16, School of Christ in Gary’s memory, P.O. Box 16833, Missoula, MT 59808.

Arrangements are under the care of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.

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