Nov. 11, 1927-May 7, 2019
George Henry “Pouger” Tarrant, longtime Butte resident, passed away on Tuesday evening, May 07, 2019, surrounded by his family, at his home in Butte, Montana. The only child of Lloyd and Julia (Seiban) Millan, George was born in Kansas City, Missouri on November 11, 1927.
George grew up in Butte on Johns Avenue. He attended Emerson Elementary School and graduated from Butte High School. Following graduation, he proudly served his country as a soldier in the United States Army. Following his service he attended the University of Montana. At university, he excelled at pole vaulting and boxing. He earned his Bachelors Degree in teaching from U of M and began his teaching career in the Highline Town of Hingham, Montana, where he served as both teacher and bus driver. He later moved back to Butte and began teaching at East Junior High School. He finished his long career in education at Butte High School where he taught, as well, as coaching gymnastics. He was most known for his coaching of the girls track team. George was also a member of the Golden B’s and the Elks Lodge.
In 1951, George met the woman of his dreams, Collette Dempsey. They married on December 28, 1955 in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and enjoyed 62 years of marriage before her passing on July 01, 2017. In 1960, George became the father of his only son, Michael Lloyd Tarrant. Mike and George could be seen together at sporting events. They loved watching football and East Jr. High and Naranche Stadium.
George had many hobbies outside of teaching and coaching. He loved to hunt, fish on the Big Hole River, woodworking, and being the handyman around the house. But his most important pastime was his family; George loved his family, George taught his many talents to his loved ones, like teaching his oldest granddaughter, Joshann, how to do her first cartwheel, encouraging her to learn other gymnastic skills. He spent summers with his grandson, Keith “Little Pouger: riding bikes all over Butte and Rocker. He spent hours driving around with his youngest granddaughter, Keyera, teaching her the location of all the streets in Butte; living here since 1929, George knew them all. He never missed a play, concert, football, basketball, or baseball game. Nor, did he ever miss his granddaughters dance performances.
There will never be another Pouger Tarrant. He left quite an impact here that will forever be cherished. Each of us have memories to which we will always hold on.
George will be greatly missed by his family, which includes, his son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Lalani Tarrant; his grandchildren, Keith (Kyla), Joshann (Darby) and Keyera (Justyn); his great-grandchildren, Annielyse, Araiyha, Kahrter, and Lane Tarrant, all of Butte; and his extended family of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Collette; his parents, Lloyd and Julia Millan, mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mervin and Catherine ”Kitty’ Dempsey; sister-in-law Margarette and Bud Malee, and many cherished friends
Friends may call on Wednesday between the hours of 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM in the Duggan Dolan Mortuary Chapel. Funeral Services will be conducted on Thursday at 11:00 am in the Mortuary Chapel. A further celebration of George’s life will be held at the Comfort Inn immediately following services at the Mortuary.