MALTA-Mark Kent Newby, 85, beloved father, husband, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away on June 1, 2019 at the Phillips County Hospital from late stage Alzheimer’s and natural causes.

The family will receive friends at 7:00 P.M., Friday, June 7, at the Kirkwood Memorial Chapel. Memorial services will be 11:00 A.M. at the Grace Fellowship Church in Malta. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hi-Line Retirement Center’s Alzheimer wing; for improvements. Luncheon reception will be served at the church; interment will be privately with the family. Condolences for the family may be left at

Mark was born June 29, 1933 to Ralph Foster and Ada Juanita Newby. He grew up in the Havre/Chinook area and attended school.  He went on to Northern Montana College in Havre and worked for Eddy’s Bread driving truck, this is where he met the love of his life, Donna Morgan.  After a quick romance, they were married on August 31, 1952. They celebrated 59 anniversaries together and Donna was laid to rest on their 60th Anniversary.

Farming was his second love and he was fortunate enough to spend many years living his dream in Savoy, Dodson and North Dodson areas. During his retirement years, Mark spent many hours restoring antique tractors and fishing (occasionally he caught some).  Most importantly, he loved going to coffee at the GN with his coffee “buddies.”

Some of Mark’s most cherished memories was spending time with his brothers and their families throughout the years and attending the family reunions.

Survivors include daughter Kathy (Terry) Munson of Havre MT; son Jim Newby of Worland WY; daughter Tammy (Scott) Wyse of Dodson MT; daughter Susy (Larry) Johnson of Malta MT; and 10 grandchildren, as well as 12 great grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.

Guest Book

From: Dixie Geer

Mark was a true gentleman. He was very kind and thoughtful. I never heard an unkind word from him about anyone. The best thing working at the GN in the coffee shop was the group of retired young men that gathered at the round table in the morning (heaven forbid if a nonmember sat at their table). Many topics were discussed at this time, family, weather, politics, fishing, the list keeps going.
Another fond memory of Mark was at an auction in Malta. My mother loved/enjoyed fishing as well. There was a numerous number of fishing poles to bid on. I know very little about fishing gear. I was wondering who I could ask that was knowledgeable about fishing/fishing gear. I looked around the room full of people. Aha, I spotted him the master of fishing, yep, Mark. I explained my situation and Mark was more than happy to help me out. At the end of the auction I had several of the best fishing poles for my mom thanks to Mark. Mark even followed up on the fishing poles asking how my mom liked them, she was very pleased.
Mark is know with the love of his life. God has gained a loving soul. You, the family have a guardian angel.
May God Bless/embrace you during this trying time.
Dixie Geer

From: John & Sherry Demarais

Our condolences. many prayers for your families also.

From: Blane Cornell

Sorry for your loss, He was my best boss. I won't see anything like him again.

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