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Timeless Family Memories: Gaylon Lum Owens

Montana Serial Entrepreneur

The entrepreneurs of the world have been blessed with an overactive, innovative mindset. From Henry Ford’s assembly line system to Elon Musk’s Interplanetary Transport System, SpaceX, they’ve been responsible for changes that have affected all our lives.

Gaylon Owens was just such a man. His Father nicknames him after the 1940’s radio comedian Lum of the comedy duo “Lum and Abner.”

At the age of 16, “Lum” entered the timber industry as a tail-sawyer in a tie plant. In 1958 he purchased a used Mack log truck, with funds borrowed from his mother. That was the start of his business ventures which resulted in the creation of many company’s related to the timber industry. “Lum” also helped many other entrepreneurs start business.

He felt blessed by his success and was always there to assist those he felt needed a helping hand or just to show his love and affection. “Lum” was truly a blessing to many who lived in Northwest Montana.

Like many entrepreneurs, “Lum” had much on his plate. When he was 16, he started stock car racing. He was honored as the “Most Rolled-over Car of the Year” in his early career and went on to win many racing competitions. He became the “Granddaddy of Tri City Speedway” ending racing at the age of 63. As you can see on his memorial, his race cars will be remembered with him for eternity.

“Lum” was a business man and a man of emotional strength. His family was very dear to his heart. They will always fondly remember family picnics, sledding parties, hide-and-go-seek games, volleyball and many other outdoor activities. In business he was always there to assist those he felt needed a helping hand.

As we reflect on “Lum” and his life, I can’t help asking myself: “What can I do to imitate Lum’s life of generosity and graciousness?” What do you think?


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