Martin Robert Heth

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Martin Robert Heth Sr., of Hardin, Montana was born on September 10, 1940 to father Lloyd Martin Heth and mother Helen L. Zink Heth in Sheridan, Wyoming and passed on June 2, 2019 at the family home surrounded by loved ones.

Bob, as he was affectionately known, grew up in Montana and California as his daddy was somewhat of a gypsy and loved to travel. He received most of his education in El Cajon, California and later obtained a G.E.D.

One of his first loves in life was riding horses and farming with his grandpa. This led to his passion for the outdoors and gardening. He was known for his green thumb.

Bob was drafted into the United States Navy in May 1966. He was deployed to Vietnam for two years during the war. He was honorably discharged in May 1972. He was a lifetime member of the VFW, the Elks Lodge, the Eagles Lodge and was a member of the Albedo Shriners.

Bob was a master plumber and owned and operated Bob’s Plumbing and Heating. Bob started his business in 1972 and ran it solo until his beloved son Junior moved home and joined him in 1991. Together they ran the business until 2007, and then Bob finally decided to retire.

Bob met the love of his life Emily Prater in 1982 and they wed in 1983. Bob and Emily lived in many places such as Cody, Wyoming; Stagecoach and Lovelock, Nevada; and Harlem and Hardin, Montana.

They loved to garden and can the fruits of their labor together. Bob and Emily had a short spell of raising sheep north of Hardin; they sold the business and decided to start taking life a little easier.

Bob enjoyed many things in life, including a cold beer, a good laugh and a fish on the end of his line. He was a straightforward, no B.S., kind of man and lived life on his own terms.

Bob was known for his culinary skill on the grill, in the kitchen or with a smoker. He shared the finished products with many, including his two fur babies “Molly” and “Lady,” whom he insisted be cooked fresh chicken to go with their dog food weekly.

Bob was preceded in death by his beloved wife Emily Prater Heth; mother Helen L. Zink Heth; father Lloyd Heth; sister Carleen Hopes; daughter Debbie Allen; stepson Brent Little; and nephews Tim Vandersloot and Richard Brien.

Bob is survived by his two sons, Martin Robert Heth Jr. of the family home and Col. David (Misty) Heath and their children Ali and Tyler of Tampa Bay, Florida; sisters Joan Stimpson, and Denette (Harold) Brien of Hardin; granddaughter Brittney (Chad) Braaton of Billings, Montana; grandsons Daniel Heth of Stagecoach and Lukas Heth of Gardnerville, Nevada; numerous nieces and nephews, as well as his families of Hopes, Briens, Schumans, Flacks, Vandersloots and Klines.

The family wants to extend a very special heart felt thank you to our guardian angel Lila Boyanich for keeping our beloved Bob home until his passing and for staying to help Junior at his most difficult time. You’re an angel among us and we are forever grateful for you.

Funeral services will be held Friday, June 7 at 10 a.m. at the Bullis Funeral Chapel. Interment with military honors will follow at 2 p.m. in the Burlington, Wyoming cemetery. Bullis Mortuary is entrusted with arrangements.

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