Glen A “Mort” Mortensen, 81, passed to his heavenly home of natural causes Tuesday, December 22, 2020. Services will take place on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 2:00pm at Croxford Funeral Home for family and close friends. Services will be live streamed for those unable to attend in person. A celebration of life open house will follow starting at 4:30pm at Ox & Son Auto Auction Barn on the Vaughn frontage road. Glen was born to Lucille and Oscar J. Mortensen on March 28, 1939 in Superior WI. The family later moved to Montana and he graduated from Conrad High School in 1957. He started his college training at Montana State University where he played basketball. He would move on to play football for Montana Northern College (MSU Northern) in Havre before enlisting in the Army. This adventure was cut short because of the fact that he only had one working eye, despite that fact he was a better marksman than most. After being honorably discharged, he moved on to Heavy Equipment School and eventually graduated with a BS from the University of Montana. Glen always worked in the family business from a young age, eventually taking over all management responsibilities. Mortensen Construction supplied material to projects all over the state for DOD missile sites, numerous dam projects, state and local highway projects, many small local jobs as well as ballast for the BN railroad. There was a railroad spur directly into the “gravel pit” for just this purpose. The home pit was south of Cascade. It is now known to many as Pelican Point, providing endless recreational opportunities for many in the area. Glen was a founding member of Great Falls Redi Mix which sat at the east end of the Warden Bridge providing concrete and material locally. He later started Glenco, a general construction service for the military and private individuals. He also owned and operated the Town Tavern and Distinction Embroidery. He was a managing member of Treasure State Industries, a longtime member of the Contractors Association, the Tavern Association, and the Elks Lodge. His greatest legacy is his family. He believed family was the best investment, immediate or extended. He married Judith Wenzel in 1965 and the family was off and running. They were married 55 years through good and bad times. The family unit remains strong due to their love and conviction to each other no matter what. He loved supporting his kids and grandkids in all their endeavors. He rarely missed an activity and was grateful for the new streaming options so he could continue to remain involved. Whether it was a sporting event, a band or choir concert, a dance recital or play, he spent endless hours encouraging them in all they do. River life was the best life and Glen made the most of it for his “Mortensen Mob”. Glen is survived by his wife, Judy. Their children, Tenlee (Michael) Atchison, Linsey (Wade) Feller, Sydne (Steven) Skaer, and Glen A “OJ” Mortensen Jr. (Patricia Hammill). Grandchildren, Dylen and Ashlee Atchison; Emily, Kimberly, and Matthew Feller; Benjamin and Lillian Skaer; and Parker, James Wyatt and Tiegan Mortensen. He is also survived by nieces Sharalyn Dudley and Donna Mortensen; nephews John Mortensen and Tim Manley; cousins Mike and Jim Ellison and other cousins and in-laws. He joins in heaven those that preceded him in death including his parents, brother Donald Mortensen, sister Lois Manley, a cousin, Jeanette Baltrusch and a granddaughter, Mikayla Atchison. Live Stream can be viewed and condolences may be shared with the family at www.croxfordfuneralhome.com
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