Eugene “Gene” Lenz died at home on February 12, 2016 with his family at his side after a courageous fight with cancer.
He was a man of high integrity, he excelled at everything he did. His word was golden. He was a great guy with a great sense of humor and wit. He fought this thing to the last breath. He never gave up. He said he was not done fighting. He is survived by his wife, Jackie Lenz, his daughters Gayle Waller, Valorie Margalit, Patty Milleren, and Rhonda Cronk, sons Brian Lenz and Levi Cronk, and nine grandchildren.
His love of the Valley lakes started with his first boat in 1967. He had several boats but the one that gave him the most joy was his fishing boat on Lake Blaine. He enjoyed many hours fishing and enjoying his favorite place at Lake Blaine. As he called it, God’s country.
Gene also loved cooking and researching. He was into his health food and was a veritable walking encyclopedia on any subject he was interested in researching.
He will be remembered as a great father, grandfather, and friend to many. He loved water sports, snow skiing, and most of all fishing – and buying fishing supplies.
One of his great loves was watching his kids and grandchildren participate in sports. He was always on the sidelines cheering them on.
Before retiring, Gene owned and operated Lenz Construction. He was born in Great Falls August 27, 1930. He grew up throughout Montana and graduated Valedictorian of Columbia Falls High School Class of 1948. He attended University of Washington. He started his construction career working at Hungry Horse with a toolbox and a saw and hammer.
Gene is also survived by sister Eileen in Seattle and brothers Dick in Salem, Larry in Yuma, and Gerry in Case Grande, Arizona.