Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Jim Borgreen Obituarty
Obituary: James “Jim” Carl Borgreen
By: Schnider Funeral Home
James “Jim” Carl Borgreen, 65, of Lewistown, died on June 28, 2015, near his family cabin in Monarch.
Jim was born in Great Falls on December 25, 1949, to Carl and Ellen (Johnstone) Borgreen. He was proud of his education in Great Falls, and graduated from Great Falls High School in 1968.
From childhood, Jim displayed a rare talent for wildlife art, and he continued his education at Montana State University-Bozeman. He graduated in 1972 with his Bachelor’s degree in Art Education. He later completed his Masters degree through Montana State University Northern.
Jim married Pat Mausehund, in 1974. They were married 25 years, and together raised their two children, Molly and Mike.
Jim taught at Fergus High School in Lewistown, where he had a profound, yet steady and lasting influence on 34 years worth of high school students.
In 2003, he married longtime friend, LaVonne Emerson. They enjoyed 12 years of camping and fishing together. Since his retirement in 2010, Jim has been prolific as an artist and an activist in wildlife conservation issues.
Jim’s last words, recorded in the log book of his family cabin, relayed his excitement of finally drawing a moose permit in that area. While on a scouting trip for this hunt, he died suddenly of a cardiac event. Jim died doing what he loved, in a place he cherished. For that his family is grateful.
A memorial service will be held Monday, July 6, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the Fergus High School Performing Art Center in Lewistown, Montana.
To read the complete obituary and share condolences, visit the Schnider Funeral Home website.
Great Falls Tribune, Lewistown Artist Teacher dies in Monarch crash
The victim of a fatal crash that happened Sunday morning near Monarch has been identified. Jim Borgreen, 65, died early Sunday when the pick-up he was driving left the Hughesville Road east of Monarch and crashed into a tree
Borgreen was a well-known teacher in Fergus County, where he taught art to generations of students during his 34-year career in the Lewistown School District. Outside his role as a respected educator, Borgeen established himself as an accomplished wildlife artist.
His achievements include a three-time winner of the Montana State Duck Stamp Contest as well as three first-place awards at the Audubon Wildlife Show. Borgreen was a member of the Western Heritage Artist Group for 20 years and a frequent exhibitor at The Russell art show in Great Falls, as well as illustrating two books on bird identification and hunting.
According to a news release from the Cascade County Sheriff's/Coroner's Office, Borgreen was staying at his cabin in the Hughesville area prior to the fatal crash.
Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Daniel Arnold said alcohol is not suspected as contributing factor to the crash, which remains under investigation.
"Evidence at the scene seems to indicate that the driver might have had a medical episode which led up to the crash," Arnold said.