Marie's father, Fay Anthony, died of an aneurysm 13 years ago today, in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Marie, her mother Betty, her sister Barbara Groom, Barbara's husband, Harry Groom, and myself spent most of the day today honoring Fay and his rich live. Fay spent a lifetime delivering fuel to large farms and ranches in the Ririe/Idaho Falls area. I think that Fay was somewhat envious of these large producers, most of whom had inherited their large farms and ranches. Perhaps this is why Fay told everyone in Idaho that the Horse Prairie Ranch in southwest Montana was his ranch or farm! Fay also had some business cards made up for ranch business that said "Fay H. Anthony, Right-Hand Man".
Fay's primary job at the HPR was to mow the lawns at the LakeSide guest area. He loved to be interrupted by a cold glass of Lemonade. Fay might have imagined that the little Sears Craftman was a big green John Deere tractor mowing his thousands of acres of hay.
I think at times Fay also thought he was mowing a fancy golf course. He would cut the grass as short as the hair on his head. I used to tell him that short grass would dry up more quickly than hay or grass with some moisture.
Fay taught me a lot about business. He was a superb businessman. He was fair and honest in all his dealings. Fay worked very hard, rising at 4:00 a.m. 6 days a week. Fay was also a star Lion Club member. He saved the Ririe club on more than one occasion. He was such a great community service volunteer. At Christmas time Fay would stay up all night filling the ice skating rink with water so that it would be frozen the next morning and ready to skate on. Of course, at Christmas time Fay was also the emcee and would usher Santa Claus in to town each year (at the community get together's).