Carl Allen Powell

Born: Tue., Aug. 28, 1934
Died: Tue., Oct. 23, 2018

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Sat., Nov. 03, 2018
Location: Arlee Community Center

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Carl (Tuffy) Powell, passed away in Missoula, Montana from pancreatic cancer on October 23, 2018. Tuffy was born August 28, 1934 to Andrew Paul Powell and Vivian (LaMunyon) Powell in Buffalo, OK.

Tuffy spent his early years living in Oklahoma & later moved to Sunnyside, Washington. When he married he moved to Arlee, MT & there he and Sidney built a log home.

Early in Tuffy’s life, he was a jockey that rode many races in Oklahoma, South Dakota, Montana and Washington states. He rode his first match race at the age of 5 weighing only 42 lbs.  When he was 16 & the legal age to ride at the bigger race tracks, he was finished riding.

Tuffy spent all of his life at Thoroughbred Race Tracks working on Starting Gates, in the Jockey’s Room as a Valet, he also trained horses, shod horses and also worked maintenance at Gulfstream Race Track in Florida and Emerald Downs Race Track in Washington. Two of his favorite horses he trained were “Monatani” and “Grantrick”. The last 13 years of his life were spent in retirement.

Tuffy made beautiful lariat baskets from the used lariats his son, grandsons and friends passed on to him. He was always so happy when some of his “boys” came with their used ropes. Tuffy was very proud of how his yard and fields looked. Tuffy also liked to do woodwork and made very nice Adirondack chairs, large and small.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Odis (Buck) & Martin (Lee). He is survived by his wife Sidney Schall Powell and two sons, Brent (Patti) of St. Ignatius, and Jeff (Sharon) of Arlee and 5 grandsons, Brice, Clay, Will Powell & Reece and Riley Bailey and his dog Bo. He is also survived by his brothers, Jack, Dick (Joy), Max (Carol), Pat (Ann) & sister Pauline Todd; brother in law Ted Schall & sister in law Betty Mae Schall as well as many nieces, nephews and many, many friends across the United States.

A Memorial service for Tuffy will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at the Brown Building in Arlee. Urn burial will be in the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery.

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Roy & Faye Vanness
   Posted Fri October 26, 2018
Sending our Heart felt prayers to Sidney & all the Schall Family! RIP Tuffy!

   Posted Fri October 26, 2018
Our thoughts are with you Aunt Sidney Brent and Jeff. Love to you all.

Patty Simms-Daum
   Posted Sat October 27, 2018
Powell's.....I am so sorry.....

Patti Ragen Schwisow
   Posted Sun October 28, 2018
I am from a horse racing family and Tuffy was a very big part of my childhood memories. We raced in Spokane at Playfair every fall and Tuffy and Bee Matt were two men who made a big impression on my brother Dan and I. In fact, we were just talking about him several months ago. My heart goes out to your family at this time and know that the Ragen family has very fond memories of our time spent with Tuffy.

Jan Swanson
   Posted Sun October 28, 2018
So sorry Sidney. Sending my love and condolences to your family.

   Posted Mon November 05, 2018
So sorry for your loss, Sidney. Prayers for you and your family. Take care.

   Posted Thu November 08, 2018
I am very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you in this difficult time. One encouraging thought you might find comforting is found at John 5:28, 29. “The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” God gives us this beautiful hope that he will soon resurrect our dead loved ones and we can see them again on a paradise earth. If you’d like to learn more about this hope, feel free to visit

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