Game Warden Harold Arthur Gartside

Game Warden Harold Arthur Gartside

Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Montana

End of Watch Sunday, April 24, 1955

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Harold Arthur Gartside

Game Warden Harold Gartside drowned when his patrol boat capsized as he investigated illegal beaver traps.

Game Warden Gartside and another man were checking beaver traps along the Missouri shores when the boat hit a snag and capsized south of Bainville near the Snowden Bridge. The boat's other occupant reached the shore and then searched for Gartside without success. His body was later recovered 20 miles downstream on June 24.

Game Warden Gartside was a World War II Army veteran and had served with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks for nine years. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned


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Your heroism and service is honored today as we approach the 54th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer, 50 years after you were killed.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

April 8, 2009

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