July 7, 1918 – Feb. 12, 2014
Cremation has taken place and private services for Carl Benjamin Emmett will be held at the Emmett cabin in the Big Horn Mountains later this summer. Carl, 95, died Wednesday, Feb. 12 at South Big Horn County Hospital.
He was born July 7, 1918, in Worland, the son of Jacob Daily and Esther Mae Benjamin Emmett. The family moved to Greybull before Carl was a year old; he lived in Greybull his entire life. He attended first and second grades in the old stone school building and completed his final 10 years in the “old” Greybull Elementary School that was razed several years ago. He graduated with the Class of 1936, the last high school class to graduate from the building.
He married Charlotte Ruth Howe Aug. 3, 1937. They exchanged vows in the house he has continued to live in for the past 80-plus years.
Carl worked as an engineer on the railroad for 42 years; he retired from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe in 1980.
Carl was a charter member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce; started the Days of ’49 rounding up wild horses to be used in the rodeo; served on the school board for 13 years; was the local chairman of the Brotherhood of Engineers for 20 years; on the Greybull Fire Department for 25 years serving several times as the fire chief; was on the Greybull Town Council for 13 years; was the Mayor of Greybull for six years and on the Museum Board for two years.
Carl was also a member of the First Presbyterian Church where he was an elder; a life member of Boy Scouts; past master of Masons Lodge; 50-year member of the Blue Lodge Masons, Royal Arch, Commandery and Eastern Star of which he was a past Worthy Patron.
Carl enjoyed hunting, fishing and trips to the family cabin. He liked woodworking and working around the yard. He considered himself very fortunate to have such a good life, good children and a wonderful wife for 69 years.
His mother and father, his brother James L. Emmett, his wife Charlotte Emmett, daughter Sheila Kay Vorhies; granddaughter Gina Emmett and two great-grandsons, Robert Cole “Scruffy” Emmett and Dolan Tyrell Scharen, preceded him in death.
He is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Carl Deuane Emmett and Gary Jacob and July L. Rimer Emmett, all of Greybull; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.