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Jeffrey Jay Andrews

| November 24, 2022 12:00 AM

Jeffrey Jay Andrews of Polson passed early Sunday morning, Nov. 13, 2022. He was overcome by cancer at the young age of 64 years.

Jeff lived life like every day was his last. One of his favorite sayings was, “If I drive fast, I don’t have to drive safe near as long.”

Jeff was born Jan. 21, 1958, in Missoula. He graduated from Sentinel High School and received a Bachelor of Business degree at the University of Montana. He trained with his father in Missoula to become a State Farm agent, and then received the opportunity to run his own agency in Polson.

Jeff spent the last 30 years in the Mission Valley as a State Farm agent. Beyond being an insurance agent, he happily volunteered and supported teams and schools. Jeff participated in purchasing 4-H livestock and helping in any way he could with his ranch resources, that he built from the ground up. He loved to see local businesses thrive while supporting community programs and events.

Jeff was first and foremost, Papa. His kids and grandkids were his entire world. He spent countless hours on the road traveling to visit his kids and spend time with his grandbabies. You could find him regularly giving his grandkids tractor rides or feeding his cows.

Jeff was an avid conservationist and passed those lessons on to his children. He was very active in the Mission Valley Elks Club where he climbed many chairs in the local club, holding the position of Exalted Ruler twice. He was also a long-standing member of Ducks Unlimited and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Jeff had a great love for the outdoors, as well as a love for bowling. He spent many hours working on his golf game, put his heart and soul into working on his ranch, and enjoyed passing on his joy of hunting, fishing and cooking to his kids.

Whether Jeff was coaching baseball or coaching at the Ronan Golf Club, hosting various local events, the 4-H and many others, he was very active in the Mission Valley community. He was always giving back to his community and volunteered his time and resources to help many kids in need.

Jeff was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Betty Andrews, and grandparents Jim and Vi Andrews and Fon and Agnes Dixon.

Jeff was a devoted husband to Michele. He is survived by his brother, Kevin (Wendy), sisters Julia Jones (Casey), and Gina Lapka (Sparky). He was father to Chanelle (Vince), JJ (Alana), Josef, Katie (Ben), and Brennan. He also welcomed Michele’s children, Adam, Jane (Josh), and Jacob to the family. He was Papa to Brantley, Barron, Scottie Rose, Irelan, Chloe, Lincoln, Dorothy, Milo, Scout, Juniper, Penelope, and Delilah.

He will be incredibly missed by all who were blessed to know him.

In lieu of flowers, our family kindly requests your consideration for donations to the Jeff Andrews Memorial Golf Fund which would help fund the Ronan Youth Golf Club. Donations are also welcomed for the Lake County 4-H.

Checks can be mailed to P.O. Box 664 Saint Ignatius, 59865 or donations can be made to any Valley Bank location.

Funeral services for Jeff were held on Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, at 3 p.m. at The Lake Funeral Home, followed by a reception at the Polson Elks Club. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are under the care of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

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