Milton James Fortier was born November 3, 1931, at Armour, SD, to Ernest and Sadie (Bosma) Fortier. He graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1949. He was employed at Culhanes Dairy and Stevens and Weber Mobil in Mitchell. On January 1, 1954, he married Betty Larson at Mount Vernon. He then operated the Corn Palace Motel, Stevens Motel and then owned and operated the Towne Motel. For 25 years he was a Realtor and Broker and owned and operated Amigo Real Estate. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge, Senior Citizens and was a Davison County Commissioner for two terms. He was an avid sports fan, enjoyed hunting, boating, bowling and collecting classic cars.
He is survived by his wife Betty, one son Michael Fortier and wife Holly of Mitchell, one daughter Monica Trabing and husband Gary of Mitchell, four grandchildren: Matthew Trabing and fiancé Jessica DeVries of Mitchell; Ryan Trabing and wife Michelle of Longmont, CO; Markee Fortier of Sioux Falls; Kylee Fortier of Rapid City, one-great grandchild Colten Trabing; one sister, Anita Fink and husband, Dennis of Mitchell, one brother, Harvey Fridley of Gillette, WY and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Delano Fortier, an infant brother, a half-sister, Yolanda Karnisz, and his step-father, C.H. Fridley.