Obituary: Curtis John Backlin

Curtis John Backlin, 85, died June 29, 2022. He was born August 16, 1936 in Minneapolis, MN to Clarence and Helen (Dyrland) Backlin.

Curt’s family moved to Bozeman when he was about ten years old. He attended Irving Elementary and then Gallatin High School, where he graduated in 1955.

On September 30, 1956, Curt married the love of his life, Roberta “Bert” Pruitt. They had three children, Dan, Laura and Linda. They were both leaders of the 4H club when the children were young.

In 1958 the couple began farming in the Springhill area. In 1971 he sold the farm and moved to Belgrade. That year, he got his real estate license and opened his own real estate office.

In 1979, Curt and Bert purchased an orchard in Oregon which they operated until returning to Belgrade in 1982. In addition to continuing his work selling real estate, Curt and Dan started C&D Construction . After Linda graduated in 1985, he and Bert bought an RV and started heading south for the winters. They spent many winters with friends in Yuma, Arizona.

Curt was active in the community as a member of the Belgrade School Board, the Belgrade City Council, and as acting mayor. He was a 50-year-old member of the Masons and a Shriner. Curt loved fishing, golf and a good game of cribbage.

Curt was predeceased by Bert on May 20, 2014 and by his brother Lyle.

Survivors include his son, Dan (Michele) Backlin of Townsend, MT; daughters, Laura (Steve) Weitzel of Portland, OR and Linda (Dale) Hayden of Belgrade, MT; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 9 at the Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. To view the live service, please visit: [] Private family funeral services will be held at Sunset Hills Cemetery.

Donations in Curt’s name can be made to his favorite organizations, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ( or Shriners Children’s Hospital (

Arrangements are entrusted to the Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. []

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