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Carl R. Anderson, 94

Carl R. Anderson, 94

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Aug. 23, 1926-Sept. 2, 2020

We lost our patriarch, Carl R. Anderson, on September 2, 2020.  

Carl was born on August 23, 1926, to Charles and Clara Anderson in Great Falls, Montana. Upon graduating from Great Falls High, Carl enlisted in the United States Army. Following the conclusion of World War II, he returned home to marry his high school sweetheart, Maxine Smith, on February 7, 1948.

He enrolled at Montana State University under the GI bill, obtained a mechanical engineering degree, and in 1952, embarked upon a 34 year career with the Montana Power Company, starting at the Rainbow Dam in 1952, then joining the Gas Utility Division in Bozeman before being promoted to the Butte home office in 1956, where he eventually became the head of the Gas Utility Division in 1967. In 1971, Carl was tapped to form a new Montana Power Department as the Manager of Environmental Protection. He was instrumental in the preparation of environmental impact statements for the Colstrip plants and the 161 kilo-volt line from Dillon to Clyde Park. He was later named Vice President of Operations for Altana Exploration in Calgary, Alberta. Carl returned to Butte in 1982 and became Vice President and General Manager of North American Resources Company. Two years later, that company, along with Altana and Roan Resources became the oil and gas division of Entech and Carl was named president of all three companies.

In 1986, Carl did something that you don't see these days in “corporate America.” The three companies over which he was president had to trim expenses during hard times. Instead of having any of his employees laid off, he removed himself through early retirement. Dad was quoted as saying “What difference does it make if I retire in one year, three years or five? They all go fast at my age and I have had a wonderful career with a great company. I’ve raised my family and my employees need to raise theirs. A good working staff is a valuable asset when things turn around.” “I’VE HAD A GRAND TIME!!”

Carl was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, George and Stan Anderson; sisters, Ruth Carrico and Phyllis Gebhardt; grandson, Paul Anderson; and great-grandson, Junior Dallaserra.

Carl leaves behind his loving wife, Maxine, of 72 years; sons and daughters-in-law, Rick (Stacy) , Mike (Michele), and Jim (Shelly); grandchildren, Kristine Anderson (John English), Kotie Dunmire (Scott Forman), Beau Anderson, Luke Anderson, Colt Anderson (Keelie), Brianna Dallaserra (Cole), Jake and John Anderson; great-grandchildren, Reese Dunmire, Cage, Krew, and Coye Anderson, Boone and Duke Dallasera; sisters-in-law, Margaret Wiley and Carol Turner; cousins, Jim and Glenna Simpson, Randi Simpson, and Judy Simpson; and many nieces and nephews.

Services and a celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

Contributions in Carl’s name may be sent to The Paul Anderson Memorial Scholarship Fund at The Alexander Blewett III School of Law, The University of Montana Foundation, PO Box 7159, Missoula, MT 59807.    

Please visit to offer a condolence or share a memory of Carl. Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Carl and his family.

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