Sherman Doucette

Sherman Doucette

Malta –

Life long Malta resident Sherman Laurence Doucette passed away on May 6, 2020 at the age of 90.  Sherman was born in Malta on August 25, 1929 as the second child of Phil and Rose Doucette. 

He grew up on the family homestead north of Wagner where his parents raised sheep.   He attended school in Wagner, Dodson and Malta.  At the age of 17 he joined the army where he spent his time serving in occupied Japan and drove a diplomatic bus in Tokyo.  After his discharge from the army, he returned to Malta. 

While attending the wedding of a cousin in June 1955, he met Marguerite Prefontaine.  They married on October 15, 1955 in Lisieux, Saskatchewan, Canada and moved to the Doucette family farm near Wagner. Over the years the family farm/ranch expanded to include farming and cattle instead of sheep.   

In the fall of 1976, Sherman was appointed to fill an open county commissioner term.  He was elected to the position when the appointment ended and served as commissioner until he retired in 1992.  Sherman and Marguerite “retired” to a house in Malta in 1991, but Sherman continued to help out on the ranch whenever he could.  Sherman and Marguerite raised six  children on the family farm/ranch. Marguerite passed away in 1993 and Sherman spent winters in St. George, Utah for a number of years. 

In 2004, he married Alvina Gibbs in Malta.  They spent summers in Malta and winters in Quartzite and Buckeye, Arizona until poor health intervened.   Sherman loved exploring the desert around Quartzite on his ATV, scouring the flea market for bargains and new gadgets and playing cards with friends.  He enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and was very proud of all of them. 

He is survived by his wife, Alvina, children Falinda Hall, Pat (Eleanor), Mark (Terry), Adrian (Charlys), Novelene Martin, and Chris (Carlee), 15 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.  Sherman was preceded in death by his parents, Philip and Rose Doucette,  sister Irene Nitz, and son-in-laws Dan Hall and Doug Martin.  A private family gravesite service will be held.  A celebration of life may be held at later date.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Health-Care Foundation of Phillips County, P.O. Box 1366, Malta, Mt. 59538.

11 Reviews on Sherman Doucette

  1. I’m so sorry for your loss. We loved seeing him at the Livestock auction at the Phillips County fair. On a couple occasions he thought Lonnie was being too cheap in bidding on the girl’s pigs, so he laughed and bid against him, to up the price the girls got. He was a great guy with a fun sense of humor. Sending love and prayers to his family.

  2. My deepest condolences

  3. Sherman was a great neighbor to us for many years. Alway there with a helping hand if we needed one. He was a special man and will be missed. My deepest sympathy.

  4. This is a wonderful write up for Sherman and I love the photo – a reminder of all of his kids in that face. Sending love and prayers to you all. He is missed but finds his reward in heaven.
    Dave & Anne Boothe

  5. Mark, Terry and Doucette family, please accept our sincere sympathy on the passing of your Dad. Your whole family is in our prayers. Sincerely, Gary & Maureen Lundman

  6. The first time we met Sherman , he came by and introduced himself soon after we came to Wagner and it was immediately apparent that the man before us was a genuine no bluster gentleman with an air of quiet confidence and helpful friendliness.

    An old saying about judging the character of a man is “ show me your children “. We are proud to have known him and to have met his children and be lucky enough to call them our friends .
    Sure will miss that Tough Old Stubborn Frenchman .

  7. So sorry for your loss. What a wonderful legacy of family he leaves behind. Prayers for all of you. Larry and Susan Matthews

  8. Mark, Terry and the Doucette Family,
    Please accept our condolences. I always enjoyed being able to visit with your dad when he came to the community picnic hosted by Albertsons each summer. He was always so proud of his family.
    He will be missed.
    Chuck & Jeanette Cremer

  9. Alvina, Pat, & the rest of the family, We are so sorry for your loss. Sherman was a great friend.& neighbor always ready to give a hand if needed. He will surely be missed.
    Marlene Holman, Cindi Holman-Williamson, Dustin Holman & families

  10. Alvina , Pat and all so enjoyed knowing Sherman,. Loved the way he and Donald “discussed” the past. He was a true citizen of Phillips County. Bless you all.

  11. I was saddened to read that I missed the notice that Sherm had passed. So sorry for the family’s loss. I always remember his quiet presence when him & Marguerite attended church in Dodson and helped with Altar Society events.

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